Quote of the Day: Bob Aiken
Photo: In 2011, federal nutrition programs delivered more than 23 times the amount of food assistance as private charities. Leo Scott, a long-time volunteer at Second Helpings in Indianapolis, weighs bags of donated bread on Monday, October 15, 2012. Second Helpings is a nonprofit that rescues prepared and perishable food and then creates nutritious meals for distribution to hungry people (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World).
"If divided evenly across Feeding America’s national network of food banks, every food bank would need to provide an additional 4 million meals each year for the next ten years, and that is just not possible. There is no way that charity would be able to make up the difference. We are already stretched thin meeting sustained high need in the wake of the recession. We simply do not have the resources to prevent hunger for the millions of people who would be impacted by these cuts—the low-income working families, seniors, children, and individuals struggling to get by."
—Bob Aiken, Feeding America president and CEO, in the piece "Severe cuts to food programs in House farm bill would increase need, overwhelm charities," The Grio, May 17, 2013.
This month, House leadership will release the full text of their proposal to cut $40 billion from SNAP over 10 years, potentially eliminating food assistance for as many as 6 million low-income people. All SNAP households will see their monthly benefits reduced on Nov. 1, yet Congress continues to propose drastic cuts to the program. Get the facts about SNAP, our nation's number one defense against hunger, learn more about why charity alone can't feed everyone who is hungry, and then tell your member of Congress to protect SNAP funding.
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