The Hunger Games Continue: Farm Bill Brings Drastic Food Stamp Cuts, Limited Improvements to Fix Broken Food System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2014

Contact: Alyssa Ritterstein
press@gfa.fchq.ca
202-828-0940

WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate passed the long-awaited 2014 Farm Bill, which issued a devastating $8.5 billion cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

While the cuts are dire, the bill includes a few programs that provide access to healthy foods for low-income Americans, such as a Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program that increases food stamp values at farmers markets. It also authorizes $125 million for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, which will help bring healthy food into underserved areas.

Statement of Green For All Executive Director Nikki Silvestri

At a time when a staggering 16 million kids in the U.S. live in homes where food isn't a sure thing, the act of slashing $8.5 billion from SNAP is an act of injustice.

It raises a fundamental question about what we value. Making sure children, senior citizens and neighbors in our communities get enough food to eat, should be one of our most basic moral priorities.

Our leaders in the Farm Bill Conference Committee and the Agriculture Committee worked to soften the blow of the bill by including programs that increase access to healthy, sustainable food for those that need it the most – our struggling neighbors and children.

They’ve included programs that increase food stamp values at our local farmers markets and provide much-needed funding to an initiative that will bring nutritious food into underserved areas.

But, let’s not see this bill as an end to our work to ensure that no family in America goes hungry. This Farm Bill is a first step.  Now we need to continue to push for comprehensive reform of our food system so that families move from crisis to security, so that communities move from sustenance to justice and sustainability.

Communities across the country are already leading the way with innovative, bottom-up solutions. We expect to see their progress reflected in future food policy for our great nation.

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Green For All is a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Green For All is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy.  We work in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to increase quality jobs and opportunities in the green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of our agenda.

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