Philabundance Strongly Opposes President’s Proposed Budget Cuts to SNAP Program

News Source: Press Release

May 23, 2017




Statement Attributable to Glenn Bergman, Executive Director of Philabundance:

“Philabundance is outraged by the President’s proposed budget, which includes SNAP cuts of more than $190 billion – which is one quarter of the SNAP program. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps, supports those struggling to make ends meet, including seniors, veterans, single parents and individuals with disabilities. This reckless budget slash will cause the number of food insecure people and families in our area to soar into the millions and more people will turn to food banks, like Philabundance and our partners, to fill the gap.”

“Philadelphians are already in dire straits; in a new report from Feeding America, the city earned the dubious distinction of being the 10th hungriest city in the U.S. Here, almost 1 in 3 residents receives SNAP, which equates to about $65 million dollars helping Philadelphians get the food they need each month. In contrast, Philabundance provides about $1.5 million worth of food to Philadelphia each month. If SNAP benefits are cut by just 10%, Philabundance would have to more than DOUBLE food distribution to fill the gap. This is an impossibility.”

“While we are grateful to our corporate partners, grantors, individual donors and volunteers who help us meet the needs of our hungry neighbors, non-profits like ours cannot shoulder this responsibility without the support of the government; we all need to collaborate to end hunger forever.”

“Forty-two million people in the U.S. suffer from hunger. This includes our neighbors, our grandparents, our war heroes and our children. SNAP is not just a safety net for them, and millions of others – it is a trampoline which helps many bounce back during economic downturns and hardships so they and their families can be healthier, more self-sufficient and help find a path out of hunger and poverty.”

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