Some Treasure Coast families may have less food on the table because of Congress
10:43 PM, Jan 30, 2014
6:19 AM, Jan 31, 2014
FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Some families may have less food on the table because of Congress. This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a Farm Bill that cuts $8 billion from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or SNAP which used to be known as food stamps.
The bill is now in the hands of the Senate.
It was disappointing news for the Treasure Coast Food Bank.
"People are struggling right now," says food bank CEO Judy Cruz.
The food bank helps about 107,000 people every week. That means one in every five families on the Treasure Coast needs help.
But that number could get even bigger if the SNAP cut is approved by the Senate. The cut means less food assistance for people who will turn to the food bank for more help.
"For people that are really counting pennies and are able to put together a meal for their family on a budget that $10 or $15 or $5 really has a significant impact," says Cruz.
That's why the Treasure Coast Food Bank is asking people to contact their lawmakers and push to restore funding. The $8 billion cut was actually a compromise between Republicans and Democrats.
The Senate expects to vote on the Farm Bill this Monday.