Leading Anti-Hunger Expert Celebrates ‘Visionary’ Senate Farm Bill Proposal, Warns Against Partisan House Outline

May 1, 2024

Today MAZON issued the following statement after Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Glenn Thompson (R-PA) released starkly contrasting proposals for the Farm Bill, which authorizes the government’s most important nutrition assistance program, SNAP (formerly food stamps).

MAZON applauds the visionary and powerful proposals made by Chairwoman Stabenow for our nation’s nutrition safety net in her proposed Farm Bill reauthorization,” said Abby J. Leibman, MAZON’s President and CEO.Chairwoman Stabenow has articulated a vision that will set America on the road to truly ending hunger. Her proposals are comprehensive — recognizing the complexity of hunger and the lives of those who are food insecure, offering powerful support to the nation’s nutrition safety net, and addressing the unique needs of diverse populations who struggle in America. Chairwoman Stabenow’s vision stands in sharp contrast to the proposals made by Chairman Thompson, which amplify the harmful rhetoric of blaming and shaming America’s hungry. At a time when over 44 million Americans struggle with hunger, and rising consumer prices threaten to force even more people into food insecurity, Chairwoman Stabenow has proposed a Farm Bill that is a meaningful and moving recognition of the best of who we are, and a vision for a future free of hunger for all Americans. We call on the House and Senate to immediately advance this proposal.