As the Holidays Approach Fewer Will Afford That Turkey and Trimmings ==================================
As if the poor and hungry needed another slap in the face.
That's the opinion of Texas Food Bank Network president Celia Cole.
She says November 1st, congress will cut $36.00 a month in food aid to poor families.
"There will be more families facing hunger as a result and we are also concerned that Congress is also considering an additional $40 billion in cuts to SNAP as a result of the farm bill negotiations."
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program was boosted to help families survive the 2008 recession. $411 million dollars of food aid will be yanked.
"People are struggling to make ends meet, struggling to find work that pays and many of the people on SNAP are working but many who benefit are children, seniors or those on disability so we're really taking food out of the mouths of the most vulnerable with these cuts," says Cole.
She says despite the talk of a recovery, four years
later the poor and hungry are still poor and hungry.
"But to cut programs like SNAP because they're growing,
and keeping pace with the job that they are supposed
to is really unconscionable at this time," says Cole.