MAZON Responds to the White House’s Budget Proposal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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LOS ANGELES, CA (May 23, 2017)— Abby J. Leibman, president and CEO at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, today issued this statement in response to the White House release of its budget proposal:
“The President’s budget proposal is a moral disgrace. A budget should reflect our values and priorities as a nation. This budget, which would take critical nutrition assistance away from millions of Americans who struggle with hunger, betrays our basic American principle of taking care of those in need.
“Slashing SNAP by more than 25 percent will prevent tens of millions of people from putting food on the table each day, including children, seniors, people in rural communities, disabled individuals, and veterans. And if massive cuts weren’t problematic enough, this budget proposal also green lights the states to erect barriers that limit program eligibility and to impose stricter work requirements for able-bodied adults, even in communities with overwhelming levels of unemployment.
“SNAP is proven to be both vital and effective. With recipients receiving assistance for an average of only 9 months, the program acts as a hand up instead of a handout. These proposed cuts and structural changes will surely increase poverty and devastate the lives of those who are already living on the brink.
The President should heed the words of his own Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, who stated clearly and unequivocally when testifying before the House Agriculture Committee last week, ‘[SNAP] has been an important, effective program… You don’t try to fix things that aren’t broken.’
“We implore Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle to stand up for vulnerable families nationwide by rejecting the President’s budget proposal outright.”
About MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
Founded in 1985, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a leading nonprofit advocacy organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. In March 2017, MAZON testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition about hunger and the future of SNAP. For more information, please visit mazon.org.