Farm Bill Could Cut Food Stamps

Updated: 7/25/2013 6:58 pm

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Farm Bill Could Cut Food Stamps

Another controversial decision in Washington right now is a farm bill that could force big changes to the Americans receiving food assistance. Some are now worried if the current version of the bill passes millions could be starving and businesses could suffer.

Robin Cadle with the Crossroads Food Bank said if this farm bill is passed our community is going to suffer. There is going to be loss of jobs, more mouths to feed and it’s going to put a strain on the food banks limited resources. 1 in 5 people in the Crossroads go through their day on an empty stomach simply because they just can’t afford to eat. Cadle Executive Director of the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent said, the ones most affected are the people you would least expect. In Texas 4 million people are starving. Cadle said the primary goal of the food bank is to reduce this number but the food banks job could get a whole lot harder. That's because house lawmakers are currently trying to pass a farm bill that would reduce the snap program formally known as food stamps throughout the United States.

As of now the SNAP program is the nation’s largest anti-hunger program which is just enough to get these individuals by for the month. For every snap dollar spent $2 of that go back into the economy. If the bill is passed Cadle said food retailers will lose over 1 billion dollars. Cadle added if this bill is passed it will affect everyone in the state of Texas on some level. That's why she encouraged everyone to reach out to their congressman to stop this bill from become a reality.

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