President’s budget makes massive cuts food assistance programs.

President Trump’s budget proposal includes major cuts to vital programs that would harm the people we serve who are at risk of hunger. Federal nutrition programs are critical to making sure these families can put food on the table.  Cutting funding to these programs would allow our neighbors to go hungry.

A quick review of proposed budget cuts.

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP / formerly food stamps): $193 billion cut. This would result in 45 billion meals being taken away over 10 years. The proposal would make less people eligible for the program, reduce benefits, and shift significant costs to states.
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP): $27 million cut in nutritious commodities and a $5 million cut for storage and distribution funds, which helps food banks pay for these costs. This would result in a loss of 33 million meals and put additional financial strain on organizations such as ours.
  • The budget also proposes to completely eliminate the following programs which benefit the people we serve, our member agencies and community partners, and/or the Food Bank: WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), Emergency Food and Shelter Program, and AmeriCorps programs.

Take action today.

The Food Bank believes it is important to reach out to our U.S. Senators and Representatives and let them know we stand against cuts to anti-hunger programs. The proposals in this budget represent the most significant threats to federal food and nutrition programs in decades and our response at this moment is critical to make it clear that such proposals are not acceptable.

Tell members of Congress to put a stop to this outrageous budget that takes food away from families struggling to put food on their tables.

Tweet a message, too.

@POTUS budget cuts = at least 4.5 billion fewer meals each year. I don’t want my neighbors to go hungry. #EndHunger   TWEET THIS!

Don’t forget to tag your U.S. Representative.  Find out who your U.S. Representative is here.

@MikeKellyPA
@RepBillShuster
@KeithRothfus
@USRepMikeDoyle
@RepTimMurphy

What’s next?

Congress now has the opportunity to debate the President’s proposed budget and craft their own versions.

We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. There’s no reason to force people to choose between feeding their families and paying for their electricity bill, medications, or housing. Americans pull together to help our neighbors when they’re in need. It’s who we are.

Charity alone simply cannot end hunger in America. Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and the people we serve rely upon government programs to help us. That’s why advocates like you are important. When you speak out to protect government food assistance programs, you’re helping millions of Americans at risk of hunger.  We will continue to provide updates on the budget process and reach out to you for your help in telling members of Congress why food assistance programs are so important.

Thank you for all that you do. We appreciate your support.