The 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill the House narrowly approved threatens our ability to help hungry people in our community by cutting food assistance for children, seniors and food banks.
The House passed these cuts as one in five Californians report being unable to afford enough food. The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano is now serving over 132,000 people every month, an increase of 46% (between 2006 and 2010). Serving Contra Costa and Solano counties in the San Francisco Bay Area with 175 partner agencies, the Food Bank will have distributed more than 14 million pounds of food over the last fiscal year by July 1 of this year. U.S. Department of Agriculture commodities provided through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) are one of the most nutritious sources of shelf-stable food available for distribution and constitute about 16% of the Food Bank’s food resources.
Food banks across the country are experiencing similar trends. Existing cuts to social services at the state and county levels have already stretched resources beyond capacity. If enacted, these federal cuts will make meeting the increased need in our community impossible.
Hunger is a non-partisan issue. Hopefully, the Senate will not uphold these draconian cuts to our country’s nutrition safety-net. We urge you to contact Senators Boxer and Feinstein and insist that they fight to prevent food assistance funding from being decimated.
Tell your Member of Congress “I oppose the recently-passed House cuts to emergency food programs because the federal budget should not be balanced on the backs of those struggling with hunger”. Not sure who your representative is? Find them by visiting www.house.gov.