September 05, 2018
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MAZON’s CEO Reacts to USDA Report on Food Security in the United States
Los Angeles, CA (September 5, 2018)—Abby J. Leibman, President & CEO of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, issued this statement in response to new data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service:
“Today’s report confirming that food insecurity afflicts 11.8 percent of American households is not an outcome to be celebrated. Despite a modest 0.5 percent decrease from 2016, more than 40 million people still continue to struggle to put enough food on the table each day.
“We’d expect, given the rhetoric in Washington, D.C. about our nation’s economic boom and low national unemployment rates, that these numbers would be decreasing more significantly each year. Instead, they remain stubbornly elevated.
"This unacceptably high rate of food insecurity is why SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Nutrition Program) remains such a vital program and must be protected and strengthened as Congress negotiates the Farm Bill.”
About MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
Inspired by Jewish values and ideals, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national 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. Learn more about MAZON’s 2018 Farm Bill Priorities and other programs at mazon.org.