The Common Good

Cuts to Hunger Programs Threaten Children and Families

SNAP stats illustration. Sandi Villarreal / Sojourners
SNAP stats illustration. Sandi Villarreal / Sojourners

Anti-poverty advocates and members of Congress are speaking out against proposed cuts to anti-hunger programs being considered in the broader political tussle over the Farm Bill. Over ten congressional representatives, including Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), joined a rally denouncing.

According to Feeding America, a leading anti-hunger organization, the nearly $16 billion in proposed cuts over ten years would mean:

  • 500,000 households would see their benefits cut by $90 per month;
  • 2 to 3 million individuals would lose their food assistance entirely;
  • Nearly 300,000 kids would lose free school meals.

Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA) offers a reminder that those who are critical of programs working to aid the hungry and vulnerable should first walk a mile in their shoes:

Christians need to remind leaders in Washington about their responsibilities to care for the nation’s struggling families and hungry people. CALL CONGRESS NOW at 1-877-698-8228 and tell your representatives they should oppose these immoral cuts.

James Colten is Campaigns Assistant at Sojourners. Follow James on Twitter @JamesColten.

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