Capital Area Food Bank of Texas


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NEWS RELEASE

8201 South Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas  78745
(512) 282-2111
FAX: (512) 282-6606
www.austinfoodbank.org

For Immediate Release
September 17, 2013

For more information:
Paul Gaither
Marketing and Communications Director
Office: 512-684-2528
Cell: 512-550-9030 

 
 

Food Stamp Cuts Will Impact Central Texas Families


Austin, TX —

Current congressional proposals to reduce funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, will impact families in Central Texas.

  • Over 157,000 children in the Food Bank service territory will be impacted by these cuts (HHSC).
  • 1 in 5 Central Texas households is at risk of hunger (Feeding America Map the Meal Gap)
  • 1 in 4 children in Central Texas are at risk of hunger (Feeding America Map the Meal Gap)

“We invite each of the U.S. congressmen serving in our area to come out and meet the people these cuts affect,” says Kathy Green, senior director of public policy and advocacy for the Capital Area Food Bank. “The proposed cuts are equivalent to closing every food charity in America for eight years. We need our community’s help to stand up for our neighbors most in need.”

The Capital Area Food Bank is calling on Central Texans to do more than call their legislators about the looming cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP). Local residents can invite their U.S. representatives to volunteer at a mobile food pantry in each of their districts, and meet the local families already relying on Food Bank assistance.

Now and throughout Hunger Action Month in September, community members can connect with the Capital Area Food Bank at www.austinfoodbank.org/ham to invite their legislators to volunteer at a local mobile food pantry.

About Capital Area Food Bank of Texas:

The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger. Since 1981, CAFB in collaboration with more than 300 partner agencies has been helping Central Texans in need providing healthy food, nutritional program assistance and education, so they can make better choices at mealtime. In the past 12 months, CAFB distributed 24 million pounds of food to 300,000 Central Texans in its 21 county service territory. For more information on the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas and its programs, visit www.austinfoodbank.org or call 512-282-2111.

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