Hartford, CT (PRWEB) June 20, 2013
End Hunger Connecticut! applauds the House of Representatives for decisively rejecting a Farm Bill that would have harmed millions of struggling people in need of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The committee bill put on the floor would have cost two million low-income individuals their benefits entirely, 210,000 children would have lost their free school meals, and an additional 850,000 households would have seen their benefits cut by an average of $90 a month.
“Our Connecticut House Members voted against this bill have shown they care about the hungriest people in Connecticut – children, seniors, working families, unemployed workers, and individuals with disabilities – who are struggling every day to meet their basic needs and to put food on the table,” said Lucy Nolan, End Hunger Connecticut!'s executive director. “The House did the right thing, and we applaud and thank them for it.”
End Hunger Connecticut! and hundreds of other groups were opposed to passage of this harmful bill not only for the more than $20 billion in cuts to SNAP, but also due to harmful amendments that would have allowed states to conduct random drug testing on food stamp applicants, permanently banned certain ex-offenders who have served out their sentences from ever being eligible for benefits, and imposed punitive and unrealistic work and training rules that would have led to the end of benefits for people desperate to find jobs but unable to find them.
In Connecticut close to 400,000 people use SNAP for an average of $1.45 per meal. 33 percent of those are in working families, and more than 33% of all SNAP recipients are in families with elderly or disabled members, and 61% of all recipients are in families with children. 77% of households receiving SNAP have income below the poverty line; about $22,000 for a family of four in 2012 and 37 percent of households are in deep poverty with incomes below 50% of the poverty line. For many SNAP is how they are able to feed their families.
“The House Farm Bill would have punished and stigmatized low-income Connecticut residents and made it even more difficult for those in need to receive assistance, all while unnecessarily raising administrative costs. It was an indefensible bill, and Congress was right to vote it down,” said Nolan.
About End Hunger Connecticut!
End Hunger Connecticut! is a statewide anti-hunger and food security organization. By focusing on advocacy, outreach, education and research, EHC! serves as a comprehensive anti-hunger resource for community organizations, legislators, and low-income families. To learn more, visit: http://www.endhungerct.org.