Congressman Serrano on World Food Day
The Bronx, NY — Today, Congressman José E. Serrano released the following statement on World Food Day:
“World Food Day serves as a reminder of the food insecurity that communities in our nation and around the world are experiencing. Here in the United States, major cuts to anti-hunger and nutrition programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), have resulted in more people going without food.
“SNAP is a critical program that 47 million Americans rely on. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, approximately two-thirds of its recipients are children, elderly, or disabled. Taking in consideration this data, it is baffling and disappointing to see House Republicans continuously working to cut billions of dollars from SNAP. Their efforts to cut funding for this important program is clear indication that they prefer to put partisan ideology before the welfare of millions of Americans.
“Globally, millions of people go to bed hungry every night. Malnutrition and widespread food insecurity are the leading causes of child deaths around the world. No one should ever have to suffer through the pain of hunger, especially in this day and age when we have so many resources and have made so many technological advances.
“Every day, I am moved by the individuals and organizations that work to combat this issue in my district and abroad. We must keep on supporting the efforts of food pantries, soup kitchens, and anti-hunger organizations fighting to end food hardship. I will continue to stand against heartless policy actions that leave our most vulnerable populations hungry.”