Proposed $40 billion cuts to the food stamp program over 10 years are being very vocally opposed by many involved with feeding the poor in California.
The House narrowly approved a Republican plan today to cut billions from food stamps by tightening eligibility rules and ending state waivers that have allowed able-bodied workers to continue to get help when unemployed for more than three months. The 217-210 vote was a victory for Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).
In a conference call organized by the California Human Services Committee, Frank Mecca, with California County Welfare Association, said the cuts to the food stamp program would be disastrous for the needy.
"And the real results, would mean hundreds of thousands of people who already needy are going to lose nutrition assistance -- aggravating hunger, aggravating poverty," Mecca said.
Mecca says that although the economy has improved, counties are still recovering from years of significant cuts to these programs that occurred during the recession. Without the jobs or the training capacity, the end result of such a rule would be a loss of nutrition assistance and increased hunger for these already struggling California families.
Cuts to the program would mean that 210,000 school children who receive free meals at school and that 170,000 veterans would no longer receive nutrition assistance, according to a press release.