Washington, D.C. – April 10, 2013 – With nearly one in five Americans saying they struggle to afford enough food for their households, President Barack Obama’s FY2014 budget, released today, protects and proposes to further strengthen federal nutrition programs. He proposes to restore a cut to monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) benefits made in 2010 and scheduled to take place this November.
“President Obama’s budget recognizes the crucial role the federal nutrition programs play in helping low-income people afford and access healthy food. By proposing to restore the SNAP benefit cuts, and in his budget for nutrition generally, he is assuring that the programs continue their successes in reducing hunger and poverty, boosting health and learning, and providing a base for early childhood developments,” said FRAC President Jim Weill.
“As Congress takes up the Farm Bill, it also must ensure that struggling Americans don’t suffer from mindless deficit reduction. Cutting SNAP benefits and eligibility means less food for low-income people – children, seniors, and working families,” continued Weill. “Fifty million Americans struggle with hunger, and it is time for Members of Congress—a handful from both parties—to stop recycling bad ideas like benefit cuts or structural changes to SNAP. The nation needs to address hunger with the urgency the situation demands. Passing a good Farm Bill that strengthens SNAP is the first step.”
The budget also:
FRAC will have ongoing analysis of the President’s budget available on its website.