Rev. Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), calls on members of Congress to vote against the proposed drastic cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.
“We, as faith-based social service providers, call on you to fulfill your responsibility as policymakers to ensure access to the most basic and fundamental necessity: food,” said Father Snyder in an open letter to Members of Congress. “While we recognize that our nation’s budget situation requires difficult decisions to be made, those most at risk should not bear the brunt of deficit reduction.”
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimated the proposed $40 billion in cuts to SNAP could cause as many as 3.8 million Americans to lose the support they currently receive, threatening their access to nutritious and affordable food. To those who rely on SNAP to support themselves and their families, the letter said, “the loss of this invaluable support would be devastating.”
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