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.