Potential Farm Bill cuts could further increase strain on food banks

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Updated: 7/11/2012 3:35 am
Lubbock's South Plains Food Bank is among the Texas network of  food banks that strongly oppose the House version of the 2012 Farm Bill that would cut funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program known as SNAP.

The House Agriculture Committee, of which District 19 Congressman Randy Neugebauer is a ranking member, is debating a provision which would cut $16.5 billion dollars from the program.

Opponents say it would mean additional strain on food banks.

David Weaver, Executive Director of Lubbock's South Plains Food Bank, said there are almost 40-thousand people currently enrolled in SNAP in Lubbock County.

"That's why I'm so concerned about what Congress is considering with these SNAP cuts because it will have a really devastating effect on a lot of very, very vulnerable families here in West Texas," Weaver said.

In a statement, Congressman Neugebauer said limiting loopholes and tightening eligibility requirements will not take a single calorie off the plate of someone who truly needs food assistance.
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