Local/Regional News
3:58 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

Food Stamps In The Crosshairs

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The President of Feeding America, a nationwide network of food banks and anti-hunger agencies, is calling on Congress to maintain funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps.

Vicki Escarra toured the God’s Pantry warehouse in Lexington today. She’s concerned about proposals to significantly cut back on the federal farm bill.

“We need for programs like SNAP and free and reduced breakfast and lunch, WIC, and all the programs that are supported by our government to remain intact. We believe in balancing the budget, but we do not believe in balancing it on the backs of people that heretofore have already taken very serious cuts,” says Escarra.

A version of the farm bill passed by the Senate included $4.5 billion in cuts to food stamps. A proposal currently in the House would increase that cut to more than $16 billion. Escarra says many families still have not rebounded from the economic recession and are struggling to pay for food.