Congress Votes To Cut Spending For SNAP Program by $16 Billion
The U.S. House Agriculture Committee has agreed to cut $16.5 billion from the former food stamp program, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP). The CEO of the anti-hunger advocacy group Share Our Strength, Billy Shore, says half of the Americans whose meals depend on SNAP are children. And Shore calls ending childhood hunger a responsibility to be shared by the public and private sectors. And he sees SNAP as the public contribution to the partnership.
Anti-hunger groups say the cuts in SNAP would eliminate benefits for about 3 million Americans and end school lunch programs for 300,000 children, in Illinois and around the nation.