“Feeding America’s network of food banks, which serve every county in our nation, will simply not be able to make up the difference if cuts are made to the SNAP program. Charities cannot make up for the loss of billions of dollars in SNAP benefits. Our food banks are already stretched thin trying to meet ongoing elevated need, after seeing a 46 percent increase in clients from 2006 to 2010. We do not have the capacity to serve the millions of people who would see their food assistance cut significantly or lose benefits completely if SNAP were cut,” Aiken said.
In addition to the current budget talks, the winter months are upon us – meaning that many low-income Americans will have to choose between heating their homes or putting food on their table. School closings for the holidays also mean that 21 million children will lose access to free or reduced price school lunches.
We urge everyone to consider the following facts about food insecurity and SNAP in our nation today:
“The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that more than 50 million Americans struggle against hunger. Of those, more than 17 million are children,” Aiken said.
SOURCE Feeding America