Madison Mayor says SNAP cuts will hurt community

Posted Wednesday, February 5, 2014 ----- 4:10 p.m.

Funds for the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; or SNAP, will be slashed by more than $8 billion dollars over the next 10 years, and those cuts will be felt here at home.

Second Harvest Foodbank, along with Madison's Mayor Paul Soglin are strongly opposing these cuts, saying people in our community need that money to survive and put healthy food on the table.

Organizers with the foodbank say every cent is needed for assistance, and they're very concerned with the potential impacts these cuts may have.

"People who struggle with hunger and who rely on SNAP, 97% of their benefits are spent by the third week of the month. So we know these benefits are adequate as they are today, " said Director of Foodshare Outreach, Michelle Kramer. Mayor Soglin adds, "people need to be fed, they need nutritious food; and Congress did not meet it's responsibilities with these massive cuts in SNAP."

SNAP works as a supplement to help out with the cost of food throughout the month, and these cuts can take up to 90 dollars a month per person which equals about 38 meals at Second Harvest Foodbank.

It's still unclear how many people in our community will be affected by the slash in funding. That number will be more clear once the Farm Bill is signed by the President, which is expected to happen on Friday.

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