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House Farm Bill Would Make Child Hunger Worse

Child Rights
Education
Poverty & Family Economics

Washington – The U.S. House Committee on Agriculture voted Wednesday to cut nearly $21 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), an investment that allocates 47 percent of funding to U.S. children. The Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (commonly referred to as the Farm Bill) would also weaken two other child nutrition initiatives: SNAP-Education (“SNAP-Ed”) and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). First Focus Campaign for Children President Bruce Lesley released the following statement in response to the vote:

“Children are still reeling from the recession, and one-in-five kids lives in a family affected by hunger. But instead of solving this problem, this bill makes it worse. Parents should demand better from Congress as the Farm Bill debate moves forward.”

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