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SNAP/Food Stamps on Chopping Block, Again
Senate Leaders Include Proposal to Cut Millions from Future SNAP Benefits

Washington, D.C. – July 28, 2010 – To offset part of the cost for the pending Small Business Jobs Act, Finance Committee Chair Senator Max Baucus (D-Mont.) has included a proposal to cut $500 million from future SNAP/Food Stamp benefits. The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) strongly opposes this proposal – the second attempt in just over one month to raid desperately needed SNAP/Food Stamp dollars to pay for other programs.

The proposed cut would cut short a boost in benefits in the Economic Recovery Act and return benefits to lower levels at which families often run out of food in the third or early in the fourth week of the month. The cut would increase hunger and obesity by making it even harder for struggling families to purchase healthy food.

“Taking money from the neediest seniors, children and households in America is not an acceptable way to pay for other programs. Regardless of the merits of the underlying bill, FRAC strongly opposes using SNAP/Food Stamp money as a way to pay for that bill,” said Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center. “Economists and lawmakers agreed that the higher benefit level is needed to fight hunger and grow the economy. This is an investment we should protect, not raid.”

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The Food Research and Action Center (www.frac.org) is the leading national organization working for more effective public and private policies to eradicate domestic hunger and undernutrition.

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