For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Emily Weikert Bryant, Co-Chair | firstname.lastname@example.org | 317-452-9829
SNAP WORKS FOR HOOSIERS OPPOSES CUTS TO HUNGER RELIEF IN HOUSE FARM BILL
Calls on Indiana delegation to put people facing hunger in Indiana first
The following statement is attributable to Emily Weikert Bryant, Executive Director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry and co-chair of the SNAP Works for Hoosiers campaign.
“We are deeply concerned by the policies included within Chairman Conaway’s 2018 Farm Bill that would increase hunger and hardship by taking away—or cutting—food assistance from many struggling Americans, including children in working families.
“SNAP helps 1 in 8 Americans across the country afford groceries—and 1 in 10 Hoosiers. For every meal the network of Feeding America members provides, SNAP provides 12. Significant cuts like this to SNAP will create a hunger gap the charitable sector cannot fill.
“Policies that will take SNAP benefits away from people who don’t work or participate in training for a set number of hours each month will do little to help people find jobs. Instead, it will make it harder for millions of people to put food on the table – including parents raising kids, people with disabilities, older workers, low-wage workers, and people temporarily in between jobs.
“This was a missed opportunity to work on a bipartisan basis to strengthen SNAP and to make meaningful investments in job training and education programs that would provide low-wage workers with the opportunity to move up the economic ladder.
“Unfortunately, this approach will jeopardize the historically bipartisan Farm Bill and put critical nutrition programs and rural communities at risk.
“While we understand that a piece of legislation like the Farm Bill involves compromises and competing priorities, ensuring that Americans have the ability to put food on the table should be considered fundamental. No one deserves to go hungry. Any reductions to the SNAP program whatsoever should be deemed unacceptable by members of our Indiana Congressional delegation.”
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SNAP Works for Hoosiers is a campaign of Feeding Indiana's Hungry and the Indiana Institute for Working Families. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, and at SNAPWorks4Hoosiers.org.