Petition Targets Cuts Proposed To Food Banks

A plan to fundamentally change the SNAP program would cut funding by about 20%.

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The food stamps program could be fundamentally changed by the Agricultural Appropriations Bill.

Proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which distributes food stamps, could aversely affect food banks everywhere, including the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. About 40 organizations in Indiana have added their names to a congressional petition that outlines concerns about a plan to fundamentally change the program. It would cut funding by about 20%.

Angie Williams, Executive Director of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana, said her organization added their name to the petition, focusing mostly on The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) portion of the bill. TEFAP is a Federal program that provides food and money to organizations like food banks; it is part of the same bill that’s proposing cuts to the SNAP program.

Given that, Williams says, any cut would have a huge impact on the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana’s operations. She said food bank officials don’t know how they would meet the ensuing gap. Williams encourages people to call Senator Richard Lugar, and express their concerns over the Agricultural Appropriations Bill.

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