Food Bank Applauds Senators Gillibrand and Schumer for Protecting Food Assistance

May 07, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Food Bank of Central New York praises Senators Gillibrand and Schumer from New York for signing a letter supporting full funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the upcoming Farm Bill. 

“We applaud the leadership of Senators Gillibrand and Schumer in recognizing the importance of SNAP to struggling New Yorkers and urging their fellow Senators to make no cuts to SNAP in any Farm Bill negotiations,” said Tom Slater, Executive Director of the Food Bank. “With the economy slowly recovering, SNAP is the first line of defense for households struggling to put food on the table.  Any cut to SNAP would remove food from the refrigerator, harming our most vulnerable populations, including children, seniors, individuals with disabilities, and low-wage earners.”

“In addition to providing temporary support to guard against hunger in times of need, every SNAP dollar spent generates an estimated $1.79 in local economic activity.  Cutting SNAP simply doesn’t make sense, and would have a detrimental effect to individuals and businesses in New York and across the country,” said Slater.

In his federal budget released in April, President Barack Obama also protected SNAP and proposed to further strengthen federal nutrition programs. 

The letter, circulated by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was signed by 33 Senators. Visit www.frac.org for the letter and full list of signers.