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Stop cuts in food stamps, WIC & funding to food pantries!

Published Aug 6, 2011 8:22 PM

New York: Aug. 5 news conference & protest 11 a.m., Federal Building, Worth & Broadway

The food stamp program — SNAP — is under attack. The House of Representatives recently voted to cut $187 billion from it over 10 years and turned it into block grants to states, not entitlements. If states run out of money, hungry people will be turned away.

During this severe economic crisis, as food prices soar, SNAP and other nutrition programs are sorely needed. More than 45 million people in the U.S. receive food stamps. In New York City, 1.7 million people rely on SNAP; one-third of them live in the Bronx.

The Solidarity Center in New York initiated the Food Is a Right Campaign to organize against these drastic cutbacks. Brigades are going to local communities to circulate petitions in protest.

The Food Is a Right Campaign invites organizations to get involved — to attend this press conference and to bring signs, pots and pans; to join in and circulate petitions; and to go to food stamp centers, grocery stores and other locations to put up informational fliers.

For information, email [email protected] or call 212-633-6646.