2014) – With the Senate’s vote today, the Farm Bill passed the final hurdle before moving to the President’s desk. Congress, along with hundreds of outside advocacy groups, has been working tirelessly on this legislation over three years. The bill is a monumental step forward for US agricultural policy, international development food assistance, and federal nutrition programs. While Feed The Children supports overall passage of the bill and efforts made to strengthen and uphold the integrity of federal nutrition programs, the organization is gravely concerned about the 850,000 households who will see a reduction in their monthly SNAP allotment.
“At Feed The Children, we’re committed to building ladders out of poverty, and not lines to food banks,” said Kevin Hagan, Feed The Children President and CEO. "And although we don’t support a reduction in SNAP to families in need, we appreciate the hard work by Senate Chairwoman Stabenow and House Chairman Lucas and their staff for passing this landmark legislation and ensuring greater cuts weren’t made."
Through eligibility changes in relation to an energy program known as LIHEAP, the bill strives to make SNAP benefits consistent across the nation. The net affect however is a monthly $90 reduction of SNAP benefits for 850,000 households living in 16 states.
Feed The Children will work with its partner agencies in those states to educate them about the implications of the cuts and the impact it will have on the communities it serves. Feed The Children and its partner agencies will collaborate relentlessly to help shoulder the burden to fill the gap.
SNAP is our nation’s number one defense against hunger. Maintaining its integrity and high efficiency rate and ability to meet those in need is a critical piece to addressing hunger for 47 million Americans. The Farm Bill passed in Congress strives to strengthen eligibility rules for SNAP, maintain its integrity, create innovative strategies to connect SNAP beneficiaries to employment and improve access to healthy food options.
About Feed The Children
Founded in 1979, Feed The Children’s mission is to provide hope and resources for those without life’s essentials. A BBB Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity, Feed The Children is one of the largest charities based in the U.S., providing more than 350,000 children around the world with a hot, nourishing meal every day. Here in the U.S., nearly 10 million people receive assistance each year from food and supplies distributed through over 1,200 local partner agencies.