SPOKANE, Wash. -- Community advocates and people who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) called on Congress Wednesday to halt legislation that would make deep cuts to food assistance.
The group held a press conference at 2nd Harvest Food Distribution Center in Spokane, saying legislation being voted on this week would cut food aid by $40 billion over ten years. SNAP said the cuts would affect up to 6 million hungry people. In Washington state, about 1.1 million people depend on SNAP.
"Right now is not the time to cut back,” said Ian Robertson with SNAP. “It's absolutely essential that we keep these things going now.”
“Lack of food causes so many other problems: the discipline problems, the children stealing and other things where people get desperate when they don't have their daily food," Robertson added.
SNAP instead asked legislators to close corporate tax loopholes and make large companies pay what the group called their fair share of federal taxes.