Callous Cuts to Anti-Hunger Programs Out of Touch With Minnesota Values
On Monday, the White House released its fiscal year 2019 budget proposal. This proposal, calls for a 30 percent reduction in funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over the next 10 years. SNAP, more commonly referred to as food stamps, is the United States’ largest and most effective food assistance program, serving more than 500,000 hungry Minnesotans last year alone.
Our CEO, Rob Zeaske shared his response to the proposal and cuts to these crucial programs.
“The President’s proposed budget is deeply concerning and fails to acknowledge the reality that far too many Minnesotans don’t have enough food to eat. Massive cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the elimination of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) will overwhelm our state’s network of food banks and food shelves.”
“We are neither equipped nor prepared to meet the increased demand expected from these callous cuts – our hunger relief community of facilities, resources and volunteers are already strained.”
“Most importantly, the seniors and children relying on this critical food assistance will go hungry. This proposal doesn’t align with Minnesota values and it certainly doesn’t match our values at Second Harvest Heartland.”
One in 10 Minnesotans does not have enough food to eat, including one in six Minnesota children. SNAP provided direct food assistance to nearly 211,000 Minnesota children in 2016. CSFP is a food assistance program that targets low-income seniors by providing them with nutritious foods through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Learn more about the potential impact from our Director of Advocacy, Marcus Schmit on his recent interview with Fox 9.