Senators Mikulski and Cardin Joined Letter Supporting Full Funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Farm Bill
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Baltimore – May 3, 2013 – Maryland Hunger Solutions praises Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin for signing a letter supporting full funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the upcoming Farm Bill.
“We applaud the leadership of Senators Mikulski and Cardin in recognizing the importance of SNAP to struggling Marylanders and urging their fellow Senators to make no cuts to SNAP in any Farm Bill negotiations,” said Cathy Demeroto, director of Maryland Hunger Solutions. “With the economy slowly recovering, SNAP is the first line of defense for households struggling to put food on the table. Any cut to SNAP would remove food from the refrigerator, harming our most vulnerable populations, including children, seniors, individuals with disabilities, and low-wage earners.”
According to a recent report by the Food Research and Action Center, nearly one in six households in Maryland reported inability to afford enough food in 2012.
“In addition to providing temporary support to guard against hunger in times of need, every SNAP dollar spent generates an estimated $1.79 in local economic activity. Cutting SNAP simply doesn’t make sense, and would have a detrimental effect to individuals and businesses in Maryland and across the country,” said Demeroto.
In his federal budget released in April, President Barack Obama also protected SNAP and proposed to further strengthen federal nutrition programs.
The letter, circulated by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was signed by 33 Senators. Visit www.frac.org for the letter and full list of signers.
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