St. Vincent De Paul Georgia Responds to $8 Billion Cuts to Food Stamps in New Farm Bill
John Berry, CEO and executive director of Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia, issued the following statement in response to the recent passage of the Farm Bill, cutting federal funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by about $8 billion dollars over the next 10 years.
“Congress’ passage of the new Farm Bill – however well-intentioned in seeking to reduce fraud and abuse from the food stamp program – will result in a loss of approximately 38 meals per month for low income families,” said John Berry, CEO and executive director of Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Georgia.
“Some may be relieved that the $8 billion reduction was dramatically less than the $40 billion sought by some in Congress,” Berry said, “but the net effect is national failure to sustain a base level of providing food to poor children, our most vulnerable population.”
“We applaud provisions to reduce fraud and abuse because ultimately they hurt the ones who are truly in desperate need of support from this vital program. We also welcome the provision that will allow low-income families to double their food stamp benefits at farmers markets, which will increase access to more nutritious food.”
SNAP provides benefits to economically disadvantaged individuals so they can purchase food each month. Current estimates show that low-income families could see a loss of approximately 38 meals per month with the new cuts.
As one of the state’s leading non-profit organizations involved in the fight against hunger, St. Vincent de Paul Georgia redistributes 20 tons of food per month to those in need and operates 38 food pantries throughout the region.
For more information about SVdP Georgia, visit www.svdpgeorgia.org or contact 678-892-6172.
About St. Vincent de Paul Georgia: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Georgia empowers people, regardless of their background, ethnicity, or faith, to achieve stability and self-sufficiency by offering financial, material, educational, and spiritual support and by collaborating with others to develop and deliver programs and services that help those in need.
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