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Advocates urge Congress not to cut food assistance programs


WASHINGTON (WKZO) -- While Congress debates the federal Farm Bill once again this month, it's likely that whatever gets passed -- if something is passed -- will include cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. SNAP provides money for Bridge Cards, or what most people know as food stamps, and Linda Teeter, with Michigan Citizen Action, says this is not a good time to slash aid to the needy, especially considering how many there are.

Teeter tells us that he most recent Kids Count survey in Michigan found one in five children in the state face food insecurity. In the Sixth Congressional District, which includes Kalamazoo, over 43 thousand people are on food assistance.

Teeter says that everyone should contact their congressional representative and ask that SNAP not be subjected to large cuts. Some House Republicans are aiming for a 40 billion dollar cut over ten years to SNAP.