For Immediate Release
April 18, 2012
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“This is a wrongheaded action by Washington officials who want to worsen the already unacceptable levels of hunger and poverty across America,” Mayor Menino said “Every mayor and every person who cares about families struggling to put food on the table should speak out now. Together we can show the world that we are a caring nation.”
Mayor Menino, chair of the United States Conference of Mayors Task Force on Food Policy, today reacted strongly to the House Agriculture Committee's decision to cut $33 billion in SNAP benefits to needy families for food assistance.
Tomorrow, Mayor Menino will host the meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors Food Policy Task Force in Boston to discuss pivotal federal and local policies impacting access to healthy food across the country, especially in urban centers. The impact of these cuts will be at the top of the agenda.
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program allows millions of American families with little or no income to purchase vital food and grocery supplies.
Under Mayor Menino, Boston has become a national leader in food policy and has worked successfully to improve access to healthy food in the city.