Protect Nutrition Programs

A woman shops for milk

Lord when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? … Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. (Matthew 25:37-40)

As Christians we understand our call to feed the hungry. Our churches provide direct support to countless individuals and families every day. We also understand that churches and charities alone cannot meet the vast need of the 42 million men, women and children who live without the resources to adequately feed themselves and their families. In fact, charities – including churches – provide just 5% of food assistance each year. The rest is delivered through federal nutrition programs – programs that are critical to the health and well being of our neighbors and our communities.

This year, Congress will consider changes or cuts to programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), school meal programs, and WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children). As people of faith, we must raise our voices and defend nutrition programs as an important lifeline for our most vulnerable neighbors. Our elected officials should support policies that strengthen these programs and put us on a path to eliminating hunger in the United States.