FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Phone: (424) 208-7203
Los Angeles, February 10, 2014
Abby J. Leibman, President & CEO at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, today issued this statement regarding the Agricultural Act of 2014:
“It is a relief that the extremely long and painful negotiations over our nation’s agricultural and nutrition safety net programs are finally behind us. But our relief is tempered by anger and frustration that the bill included cuts to SNAP yet again. It is inexcusable that our nation’s most vulnerable families must continue to unjustly bear the burden created by ideologues who exhibit little if any concern for the rights and well-being of these families. We are outraged that our legislators believe that 850,000 low-income households should have less help putting food on the table.
“In the end, despite our strong opposition to the $8 billion in cuts to SNAP, MAZON advocated for the bill because we were convinced it represented the best bill we were going to get. This bill excludes the most severe cuts and harmful policy changes for SNAP that had been proposed by the U.S. House of Representatives. And the greater protection and certainty of a five-year reauthorization is better than the alternative; had the bill not passed, SNAP – and by proxy, the lives of the people who rely on SNAP – would remain vulnerable to extreme funding cuts from the political gamesmanship that has taken over Washington. We simply could not imagine allowing that kind of risk to persist, so we metaphorically held our noses and urged legislators to pass the bill.
“MAZON agrees with President Obama that, ‘as a country, we’re stronger when we help hardworking Americans get back on their feet.’ We call upon Congress and the Administration to take the lead in identifying strong and meaningful strategies to address the very real needs of those families that have been affected by these unjust cuts to SNAP. We thank those Members of Congress who continue to be true champions of the effort to protect hungry people and strengthen SNAP, and we hope others will choose to follow their leadership.”
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 mazon.org.