Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organization, said today that sequestration cuts will have a severe effect on programs that fight hunger. There are currently over fifty million Americans suffering from hunger.
“If the sequestration cuts take place on March 1, low-income Americans will be among the hardest hit. These cuts will literally take food away from babies, hot meals away from home-bound seniors, and hamper the ability of our nation’s food banks to get food to hungry people in their communities. We cannot allow the health and well-being of our most vulnerable citizens to be put at risk,” says Bob Aiken, president and CEO of Feeding America.
The cuts would include The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC) which "would require a caseload reduction of 600,000 low-income women, infants, and children." Funding for storage and distribution assistance for the nation's foodbanks would be impacted. Food programs for seniors like Meals on Wheels will also be reduced. Other food programs like The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and food stamps (SNAP) would not be impacted by this round of cuts.
Feeding America is urging Congress to protect Americans suffering from hunger. They are asking for citizens to get involved in the Together We Can Solve Hunger Campaign.