MAZON reacts to American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

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MAZON reacts to American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012

Los Angeles, January 15, 2013—Abby J. Leibman, President & CEO at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger today issued this statement following the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012:

“We are certainly relieved that the last-minute deal negotiated by Congress and the Administration included an extension of programs in the Farm Bill – including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – through September 2013. Our relief, however, is tempered by the aggressive targeting of SNAP for substantial cuts by some Members of Congress. We are deeply concerned that this highly effective program will continue to be vulnerable as our legislators try to achieve deficit reduction during negotiations on the debt ceiling, budget, and the Farm Bill in the weeks and months ahead.

SNAP is a vital and efficient program – one that has successfully realized its purpose: to prevent Americans from going hungry during this extended time of economic downturn. Still, many legislators seem to be blinded by the large price tag, which they then use as justification for slashing the program. Rather than attempting to solve our nation’s financial problems with a sledgehammer, we urge our legislators in Washington to take a more discriminating approach and engage in a thoughtful conversation about where they might find efficiencies in governmental spending.

Surely our leaders can find more appropriate ways to improve our collective financial woes than by making Draconian cuts that will tragically increase hunger and food insecurity.”

About MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Founded in 1985, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national nonprofit organization working to end hunger in the United States and Israel. Through its three interrelated strategies – advocacy and education, partnership grant making and strategic initiatives – MAZON is acting to ensure that hungry people have access to the nutritious food they need today and working to develop and advance long- term solutions so that no one goes hungry tomorrow. For more information, please visit