FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Los Angeles, July 11, 2013—MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is shocked and horrified the effort by Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives to “split” the Farm Bill and advance a bill stripped of the nutrition title.
“This is a back room political maneuver that flies in the face of decades of bipartisan consensus and rural-urban cooperation that have produced past farm bills and balanced diverse national priorities,” says Abby J. Leibman, President & CEO of MAZON. “This ideologically-driven and misguided effort, which is nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to decimate the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is outrageous and unacceptable. MAZON stands in strong opposition to this effort to split the Farm Bill and shred out nation’s vital nutrition safety net.
As an organization informed by Jewish values, MAZON takes seriously its responsibility to care for the most vulnerable among us. In Leviticus we are commanded: ‘You shall not reap all the way to the corners of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest… you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger.’ In other words, providing for those who are poor and vulnerable is a fundamental obligation of a just and decent society and not simply an act of charity.
“MAZON ‘s commitment to protecting full funding for SNAP remains steadfast,” affirms Leibman. “We will continue to rally our supporters and our network of synagogue leaders and grantee partners to stand up for struggling families in America. We look forward to engaging Members of Congress to craft a comprehensive, balanced, and just Farm Bill that provides food assistance to our nation’s children, seniors, working poor, and military families in need.”
Founded in 1985, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national nonprofit organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel. For more information, please visit mazon.org.