Food Bank of Central New York Opposes Cuts to Hunger Relief in House Farm Bill
Friday, April 20, 2018
SYRACUSE, NY – On Wednesday, April 18, the House Agriculture Committee passed (by a partisan vote of 26 to 20) committee Chairman Mike Conaway’s Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, better known as the Farm Bill. The House version of the Farm Bill includes deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that are projected to impact nearly two million children, veterans, and other individuals and families in need. The bill’s severe cuts to SNAP through burdensome and unnecessary work time limits and restrictions on eligibility will lengthen the lines at our pantries, soup kitchens, and other sites that serve hungry people.
Kathleen Stress, Executive Director at Food Bank of Central New York, stated, “Food Bank of Central New York expressed disappointment, today, at language included in the 2018 Farm Bill passed by the House Agriculture Committee that would significantly reduce SNAP participation and food assistance. Particularly, the deep cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will be devastating to our community and there is no way charities like ours can make up the difference. For each meal that the emergency food network provides, SNAP can provide 12 meals.
Our Food Bank is part of the fabric of our community and feeding neighbors in need is a shared responsibility. Each day we see the partnership reflected among our partner agencies, volunteers, and donors. Yet the Food Bank is only part of the solution. SNAP is a cornerstone federal nutrition program and vital to addressing hunger in America. It is also critical to our local economy, generating business for retail and related jobs in our community.
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. Any reductions to the SNAP program whatsoever should be deemed unacceptable by Congress. Food Bank of Central New York opposes any Farm Bill that takes food off the table of families in need and the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 passed by the House Agriculture Committee does just that.”