Infographic: Congress may make more kids go hungry

Republicans want to cut spending for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as SNAP, as part of the Farm Bill.  Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala insists “this is more than just a financial issue.” Government bills can be confusing but this infographic posted today by No Kid Hungry explains what the real moral issues behind these cuts are and the impact they would have on children.
Members of Congress are working to reauthorize the Farm Bill, legislation that provides funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program, formerly known as food stamps, and for the SNAP education program.

Drastic cuts to SNAP are on the table in the Farm Bill and nearly half of all SNAP participants are children. If Congress cuts funding for this poverty relieving program, it will affect millions of children and families, leaving them even more vulnerable to hunger.

Check out this infographic — a visual way to understand this complicated legislation. Please share with your friends!

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  • http://feministing.com/members/franziakafka/ Franzia Kafka

    While I appreciate No Kid Hungry raising awareness about this – SNAP is the last thing that needs to be cut right now – I can’t help but be creeped out that No Kid Hungry is basically bankrolled by corporate food giants who all have a pretty vested interest in making sure that unequal global food systems marked by extremes of overconsumption and starvation stay in place. These are systems which feature environmental degradation from profit-motivated farming and the decimation of local economies, leading to food shortages when imports are insufficient or prices too high. They also have an interest in making sure U.S. consumers continue to buy certain kinds of foods, and those are foods packed with chemicals, sodium, sugar, preservatives, fillers, and other general crap, pre-packaged foods and fast food, and GMO foods ( http://www.strength.org/our_partners/ ). The list of “partners” pretty much reads like a lobbying front group of companies that are infamous for everything from union-busting and animal maltreatment (Tyson) to creating college-campus food monopolies (Sodexo) to not paying their workers enough to feed themselves (Walmart).

    It’s nice for progressive-minded non-profits to be well-funded. It just sucks when their funders will prevent them from making the hard critiques and drawing the social justice connections.