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We’re Concerned about Budget Cuts to Food Programs

We are very concerned about President takeactionTrump’s recently released FY 2018 detailed budget.  Roadrunner Food Bank and the Feeding America network of 200 food banks are opposed to the proposed cuts to the federal nutrition programs as outlined in President Trump’s budget. We urge you to take action and voice your support to proposed cuts to programs critical to the low-income communities. These cuts would be detrimental and harmful to the people we serve.

Please take action today by lending your voice
and call toll-free – 888-398-8702

 Below is information specific to the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).  Note: there are other proposed cuts in the proposed budget, however, SNAP and TEFAP are two largest impacting the hungry people and families we serve.

SNAP – The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps families make ends meet by stretching their grocery budgets. Sometimes called “food stamps,” those few SNAP dollars every week make all the difference in the world when it comes to putting nutritious meals on the table.

SNAP Cuts & Impact:

  • The proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would increase demand on charitable food organizations at a time when we’re already stretched.
  • President Trump’s proposed cuts to federal nutrition programs would lead to at least 45 billion meals lost over 10 years across the country.
  • Currently, Roadrunner Food Bank serves 70,000 people in New Mexico. With the proposed cuts, we expect an increase in demand for food help at a time when New Mexico isn’t seeing economic recovery.  With the highest unemployment rate in the nation, it is very difficult for low-income people to secure employment or enough employment to cover their monthly expenses.
  • According to the most recent Map the Meal Gap report, 16% (332,610 people) in New Mexico are food insecure.  One in four is a child (25%). SNAP benefits are critical to ensuring these families are able to put food on the table in a state with high rates of hunger. Without this extra help, we risk allowing our community members to go hungry at night.
  • We are very concerned about proposals to shift significant SNAP costs to states. This would break decades old federal commitment through SNAP to ensure nutrition benefits are available to all who qualify. Such a structural change to SNAP would be devastating and is unacceptable. In addition, New Mexico’s existing state funding wouldn’t have the ability to absorb the cost shift. Our state is currently struggling to cover its expenses as it is.  It would leave additional New Mexicans without SNAP benefits and further increase demand on charitable food organizations like ours.
  • We’re also concerned about proposals to impose additional strict restrictions on able-bodied adults without dependents. This population already faces limitations on how long they are able to receive SNAP benefits. Additional limitations will greatly increase their food insecurity.
  • The budget proposal would lead to a reduction in meals, or complete loss of benefits, for millions of low-income working families, the elderly, veterans, and the unemployed.

TEFAPThe Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) provides food banks with nutritious food from U.S. growers and producers and also helps transport and store the food. Without the program, less meals make it onto the plates of hungry families and farmers are forced to let fresh, nutritious food waste away and decay.

TEFAP Cuts & Impact:

  • Almost one in five meals distributed by all charitable hunger-relief organizations in 2016 was moved, stored, and served because of TEFAP. That’s four billion meals a year to families in need from the nation’s network of food banks alone.
  • Roadrunner Food Bank distributes TEFAP which represents nearly 20% of the food provided to a statewide partner network of about 500 hunger-relief organizations.
  • Last year TEFAP food received $316 million a year in funding; the President’s budget proposes only $289 million. This would mean a loss of around 33 million meals for the Feeding America network of food banks next year and a significant reduction of accessible food available for hunger-relief organizations to distribute.

Send your message to Congress and tell them not to compromise when it comes to the families who rely on federal nutrition programs to put food on the table.

We provide food to 70,000 hungry New Mexicans every week with and through your help.  They count on us, but the fact is, charity alone simply cannot end hunger in America. We need both the charitable sector and federal programs like SNAP and TEFAP working together for our low-income neighbors.

Advocates like you are vital. Help us protect programs that impact families right here in our state. Please don’t wait, take action today by lending your voice and call toll-free 888-398-8702!

< < Read more about Feeding America’s statement
about the President’s budget here
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SNAP Facts:

  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly referred to as “food stamps”) is the cornerstone of the nutrition safety net, providing assistance to low-income Americans to ensure that they can get the nutrition they need.
  • As of January 2017, 42.6 million people were enrolled in SNAP. [Source: USDA.]
  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly “food stamps”) helps millions of low-income Americans put food on the table and provides benefits that are timely, targeted, and temporary.
  • Nearly 90 percent (86.5%) of SNAP participants live in households that include a child, a senior or someone who is disabled. [Source: USDA, FY 2015 SNAP Characteristics Report, table A.14]
  • 65.9% of SNAP benefits go to households with children. [Source: USDA, FY 2015 SNAP Characteristics Report, table A.1]
  • Benefits currently average about $1.40 per person per meal. [Source: CBPP analysis of USDA data.]
  • While it is true that about 1 in 8 Americans currently receive SNAP benefits, this is generally linked to the fact that nearly the same number also live at or below the poverty level, which is $20,420 for a family of three in 2017. [Source: HHS]
  • Most SNAP recipients who can work, do work. 64% of participants are children, elderly, or disabled and not expected to work; 22% work full time, are in a training program or are caregivers; and the remaining 14% either work less than 30 hours a week or are unemployed. [Source: USDA]

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