MAZON Responds to USDA’s 2018 Farm Bill Legislative Principles

January 24, 2018

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MAZON Responds to USDA’s 2018 Farm Bill Legislative Principles

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 24, 2018)— Abby J. Leibman, president and CEO at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, today issued this statement in response to the USDA release of its 2018 Farm Bill legislative principles:

“We are disappointed by the legislative principles issued today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and deeply concerned about the type of Farm Bill that will arise from them. Instead of providing specific guidance to Congress, these principles use broad and vague language that leaves their meaning and implementation open to interpretation. Generalities like these will surely open the door to harmful changes and cuts to nutrition programs that would worsen the problem of hunger, not help to end it.

Additionally, the principles reference a desire to reflect the Administration’s budget goals, which we know includes cuts to funding for SNAP, an outcome that will be devastating to food insecure Americans.

It is our sincere hope that we can work together to pass a 2018 Farm Bill that truly delivers on Secretary Perdue’s motto to ‘Do Right and Feed Everyone.’”

About MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Inspired by Jewish values and ideals, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is an advocacy organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. For more information, please visit