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    2014 Farm Bill

     

    Statement by Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) President, Jim Weill, on the passage of the Farm Bill today:

    Washington, D.C. — February 4, 2014 — The Farm Bill passed today by the Senate will cut SNAP benefits [the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] to an estimated 850,000 households by an average of $90/month.  FRAC has opposed the SNAP cuts because they will harm too many of the most vulnerable members of our society, making monthly food allotments fall even further short of what is needed for seniors, people with disabilities, children, low-income workers, and unemployed people. We appreciate the efforts of the many members of the House and Senate, the many national, state and local groups, and the many editorial writers and social media outlets that have opposed these cuts and spoken to the importance of defending already-inadequate SNAP benefits against these and other cuts…. SNAP benefits and SNAP nutrition education spending now have been cut four times in three and a half years.

    All the more reason why the work we do here at the Baltimore Orchard Project, and the 123 trees we will be planting with our partners this spring, are so critical.

    And remember to ask your friends, fellow workers, family if they know of any mature fruit trees we can harvest! Then call or text our Harvest Hotline and let us know.  443-562-8483

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