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.