U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) recently released the following statement on her vote against the Agricultural Act of 2014, that cuts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, by $8 billion over 10 years.
“There are hungry families in New York and throughout the country who are relying on SNAP to put food on the table. We saw what happened after the last round of cuts to this vital program. The shelves at our local food banks were bare, and more New Yorkers went hungry,” Maloney said. “Some have said that this bill only represents a one percent cut, but when there are already so many struggling to get by on meager benefits, that’s one percent too much. We have to continue working to eradicate food insecurity in all of its forms. This bill is a step backward.”
According to the Food Bank of New York City, the $800 million per year in cuts to SNAP will result in the loss of $90-130 per month for 190,000 City households. In its first year alone, these cuts translate to 70 to 100 million fewer meals in New York City, increasing New York City’s meal gap to as much as 411 million meals.