The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

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Strong Programs Make America Strong

June 9, 2017
Event Date: 
June 9, 2017

Last week, members of Witnesses to Hunger and the Center for Hunger-Free Communities spoke out in direct and forceful opposition to the budget proposed by the White House.  The proposal included $3.6 trillion in cuts to basic social supports for America's most vulnerable.



By: Tianna Gaines-Turner & Senator Bob Casey

Lately, being a family with a low income feels like trying to survive an avalanche.  There are 45 million people in America living in poverty in the United States, and 42 million are living in the shadow of hunger. All are struggling to make ends meet and working hard to make it ahead...

This week we saw and felt the rumblings of yet another avalanche.  A budget that pushes families down, that will cause more hunger, more homelessness, and higher health-care costs.  Crisis is not a big enough word for what families would face if these cuts came to pass...

As a senator and an activist we will continue to stand together to combat these inhumane and hurtful cuts. And we call you to join us, because we can't afford another avalanche.

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By: Myra Young

The goal of the president's budget is to "restore the greatness of our nation." To the president and myself, greatness must mean two very different things.

I see the greatness of America in how we care for each other, how we support our neighbors when they are in need, and how we stand up for what is right.

Greatness, to this administration, is none of that. It is not giving people a hand up, but pushing them down. It is taking from those who need support, taking from children, seniors and the poor.

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By: Mariana Chilton

Despite his zeal for strength, President Trump's proposed budget cries one thing: weakness.

In suggesting that we cut $193 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), the president is literally swatting food away from children before it can even reach their mouths, depriving them of key nutrients, and stunting their ability to grow and succeed.

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