Editorial Response: Anne Goodman - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Editorial Response: Anne Goodman

Anne Goodman Anne Goodman
(WOIO) -

I am Anne Goodman of The Cleveland Foodbank.

Since the recession began, we've seen an explosion in the number of people we serve.

Last year, we provided 34 million meals, but as effective as the charitable food system is, we can't begin to address the needs of the 330,000 hungry people in our area without the food stamp program - or SNAP.  During the recession, snap effectively protected families from hunger.  The program expands in hard times by helping struggling families buy groceries, freeing up resources for rent, utilities and medicine.

The current $21.5 billion in cuts, in the house agriculture committee farm bill, will take food off the tables of those in need.  Food banks are struggling to meet the existing need and there is no way we can fill the meal gap that will be created by those cuts.

Our congressional leaders must recognize that it is our moral obligation to feed the hungry and work together to reduce the deficit without taking food away from the people who need it most.

Thank you.

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