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Loaves and Fishes asks for support on federal food assistance funding


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, a hunger relief organization, is asking people to tell their representatives in Congress not to cut funding for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Director of Loaves and Fishes Anne Lipsey says that the United States made a lot of progress on fighting hunger for several decades, but then stopped keeping up about 20 years ago.  She says around the early 80s, funding for food assistance stopped growing, and even school lunch programs started to fall behind. Now, some 50 million Americans are classified as hungry.

Lipsey says it looks like Congress may reduce funding for SNAP when it's up for renewal soon. SNAP is an income-qualifying food assistance program administered through the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information on Loaves and Fishes, and how you can help, go to www.kzoolf.org .