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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 11, 2010
3:44 PM

New Bill Takes Away Food Benefits for the Poor to Pay for Health Costs for the Poor

WASHINGTON - August 11 - Bread for the World is disappointed that the U.S. Congress did not find alternate funding to pay for the $26 billion state aid bill passed Tuesday. The funds will be used by states to pay for critical items such as Medicaid reimbursements and salaries for teachers, firefighters, and police officers. Unfortunately, the bill was paid for by reducing future funds for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-formerly called food stamps).

"It is a good bill and the funds are critically needed by the states, but by using SNAP funds, Congress has taken away twice the amount of food that will be provided by all of the food charities in the upcoming year," said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. "Taking money from poor, hungry people to help poor, sick people is not the solution. Congress should have found the money elsewhere in the budget."

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Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, we provide help and opportunity far beyond the communities in which we live.



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