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Anti-hunger groups blast House cuts to SNAP

Anti-hunger groups reacted with outrage after the House voted Thursday to cut the supplemental nutrition assistance program, better known as SNAP or food stamps, by nearly $36 billion.

“No SNAP household would be spared from seeing its benefits reduced, and millions would be forced out of the program,” said the Food Research and Action Center.

“Every cut to SNAP means less food in the refrigerators and the cupboards of the hungriest people in America — children, seniors, working families, unemployed workers, people with disabilities and others,” FRAC said. “The bill also makes harsh and counter-productive cuts in funding for children’s health insurance, Medicaid, and other low-income supports, and eliminates entirely the social services block grant (which funds Meals on Wheels and other programs).”

Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America, the nationwide network for food banks, also reacted strongly.

“Cutting SNAP at a time when the need for food assistance has never been greater, and the charitable system is stretched to the breaking point, is simply wrong,” Escarra said.

“These cuts would be devastating for low-income families and for communities across the country,” she said. “This vote is a wrongful departure from Washington’s historic bipartisan commitment to protecting low-income safety net programs during deficit reduction efforts.”