Helping The Hungry?

Bread for the World
Monday, 4 February 2002

President Bush's 2003 Budget Proposal And Hunger in America

[Below are comments of Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, a leading faith-based grassroots anti-hunger organization, on funding levels for nutrition programs in the Bush Administration's agriculture budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2003, which was released today. When the Senate returns to debating the Farm Bill in the next few days, Bread for the World's 45,000 members will continue to seek increased funding for the Food Stamp Program.]

"In this time of economic distress, President Bush is to be commended for seeking increased funding for the Women, Infants, and Children program by $364 million in 2003. WIC serves over seven million people, including an average of 3.67 million children each month, and is rightly heralded in the budget as 'one of the nation's most successful and cost-effective early intervention programs.' WIC works and it's deserving of the budgetary gold star it has earned.

"President Bush's budget would also allow food stamp recipients to own a reliable vehicle as well as restore food stamp eligibility to tax-paying, legal immigrants. Both proposals are overdue changes that will go a long way toward making the program more accessible and responsive to hungry people.

"The President has taken a stand for fairness. Now Congress must do its part."

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