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AARP Supports Protecting Funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

AARP expressed support for protecting funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as the House Committee on Agriculture prepares to markup the Farm Bill reauthorization.

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July 10, 2012

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AARP Supports Protecting Funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


WASHINGTON— Today, AARP expressed support for protecting funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as the House Committee on Agriculture prepares to markup the Farm Bill reauthorization. AARP Senior Vice President Joyce Rogers offered the following statement:


“AARP recognizes the difficult economic challenges the nation faces and that burdens must be shouldered by broad segments of society, but we do not believe it appropriate to reduce already inadequate SNAP benefits ($4.30 per person per day) to households with real food insecurity.


“It is troubling that SNAP is expected to bear billions of dollars in so-called “savings” at the expense of fewer resources for hungry seniors and other families to purchase food. Cuts in SNAP funding would result in less food dollars for hungry households to purchase food, especially seniors who disproportionately participate in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) where some of these cost savings would occur. Already, of those eligible for SNAP benefits today, many are not receiving them, including 67 percent of struggling people age 60 and older.


“AARP will continue to oppose efforts that seek to find cost savings that result in food insecure families having even less food on the table.  Most Americans would agree; polls published as recently as June 4, 2012 found that a total of 62 percent of respondents favor maintaining or increasing SNAP funding, while only 32 percent favored reductions.


“AARP encourages the Committee not to reduce already inadequate SNAP benefits to generate savings that only increase food insecurity and hunger.”


AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with millions of members that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for Americans 50+ and the world's largest-circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for the 50+ audience, AARP VIVA, a bilingual lifestyle multimedia platform addressing the interests and needs of Hispanic Americans; and national television and radio programming including My Generation and Inside E Street. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

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