A Republican vision for America – ‘America’s new hunger crisis’ – ‘House Republicans Vote To Cut Food Stamps By $39 Billion’
“I believe we have a hunger crisis,” said Rep. Jim
McGovern, who sits on a House committee responsible
for the food stamp program. “When 50 million people
in the richest country on the planet are hungry,
that’s a crisis.”
‘In the 22 years that Swami Durga Das has managed
New York’s River Fund Food Pantry, he has never
seen hunger like this’.
‘Each Saturday, hundreds of
hungry people descend on the pantry’s headquarters,
an unassuming house on a residential block. The
first people arrive around 2 am, forming a line
that will wrap around the block before Das even
opens his doors’.
“Each week there’s new people,” Das told MSNBC.com.
“The numbers have just skyrocketed.”
‘The new clients are diverse—working people,
seniors, single mothers—but many of them share
something in common’:
‘They represent the millions of Americans who fell
victim to food insecurity when the Great Recession
hit in 2009, but didn’t benefit from the economic
‘And the worst may be yet to come’.
‘Food activists expect a “Hunger Cliff” on November
1, when automatic cuts to food stamp benefits will
send a deluge of new hungry people to places like
the River Fund Food Pantry, which are already
‘The 2009 stimulus bill raised the cap on food
stamp benefits and pumped an additional $45.2
billion into the program over the next several
years. But as provisions of the law expire, the
program is scheduled to receive a $5 billion cut
over the next year alone. Those cuts will reduce
monthly benefits for every single food stamp
recipient in the country; a family of four will
receive $36 less per month, on average’.
‘Billions more in cuts are scheduled to occur in
the following two years, despite the fact that food
insecurity in America has not even begun to return
to pre-recession levels’.