Officials denounce proposed cuts to SNAP
by Andrew Pavia
Sep 18, 2013 | 1038 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Elected officials gathered at a local food pantry in Long Island City to urge Congress to vote down the a proposed cut of $40 billion over the next 10 years to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

SNAP offers food assistance to low-income individuals and families. According to the Center on Budget and Political Priorities, the proposed cut would remove at least 4 million Americans from the program.

Currently, 47 percent of SNAP recipients are children and nearly two-thirds of the benefits go to women. On November 1, the Recovery Act will mandate a $25 to $40 monthly cut to many SNAP recipients.

“This is absolutely unconscionable,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. “If these Republicans get their way, you can be sure that fewer and fewer families will be able to get the extra help that they need.”

Maloney was speaking at the Hour Children Food Pantry, which has been facing cuts since 2011. While the pantry will not be directly affected by the cuts to SNAP, they will strain the pantry's resources.

“Tens of millions of Americans, most of whom are working parents, children, seniors, people with disabilities and veterans, now struggle to get by on already meager SNAP benefits,” said Joel Berg, executive director of New York City Coalition Against Hunger. “The House leadership proposal to further slash SNAP in order to pay for more corporate welfare is both immoral and a threat to our economy.

“Charities such as Hour Children could not fill in even a small portion of the gap,” he added

“This isn’t a Republican or Democrat issue or a political issue, this is a human issue,” said Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas. “We have an obligation that the most vulnerable, those people who have the most need, are taken care of. That is our moral obligation.”

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