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NCLR says Nutrition Bill will plunge more Latinos into Hunger

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By Evelyn C. Castillo September 28, 2013
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foodThe National Council of La Raza denounced a move by House of Representatives earlier this month to approve a bill it says will create more hunger among Latinos and their families.

The bill, “Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act” (H.R. 3102), will cut up to $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) over the next ten years and increases eligibility restrictions for participants. NCLR says it was “appalled” by the bill and that it will have a negative impact among the families that need it the most.

“This bill takes an axe to one of the most important lifelines that families, and particularly Latino families, rely on to provide basic nutrition for their children. One out of every six Americans currently uses SNAP, with Latinos accounting for about 17 percent of participants. The program is a critical buffer from hunger for children, especially Latino children, who are less likely to have access to food than their non-Hispanic White counterparts,” said Janet Murguía, President and CEO, NCLR.

The SNAP program, which was formerly known as food stamps, has helped keep up to four million people out of poverty in 2012, according to the Census Bureau.  Considering that one in three Hispanic children live in poverty, the cuts to the program are particularly alarming.

“Congress should reject these drastic and misguided attempts to defund one of our most valuable assets to protect our children’s health. Cuts to programs that invest in the nutrition of our children run counter to the values of this nation and put our country’s future needlessly in jeopardy,” Murguía added. “At a time when hardworking families are still struggling to put food on the table, we should be lifting them out of poverty, not pushing them deeper into it.”

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