Saturday, October 26, 2013

Conyers Announces Extend - Don’t Cut - SNAP Benefits Press Conference

(WASHINGTON) – On November 1st, the temporary benefit boost provided for in the 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act is scheduled to expire and households across the country participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will see their monthly benefit sharply reduced. This substantial reduction on November 1st will leave many Americans unsure of how they will put food on the table, and will aggravate the problem of hunger in our nation, making it that much harder for millions of Americans—fathers and mothers, children, veterans and active duty military, to provide for their loved ones.

In response to this upcoming cutback, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) will be holding a press conference at 1:00 pm this Tuesday, October 29th in the House Triangle. Rep. Conyers will be joined by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), and representatives from prominent anti-hunger groups including the Food Research Action Center and Share Our Strength.

Further information about the event is detailed below:

Extend – Don’t Cut – SNAP Benefits Press Conference
Ø  Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.)
Ø  Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
Ø  Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) (Invited)
Ø  Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)
Ø  Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.)
Ø  Congressman Rush Holt (D- N.J.) (Invited)
Ø  Congressman Ted Deutch (D- Fl.) (Invited)

Ø  James Weill, President, Food Research Action Center (FRAC)
Ø  Thomas C. Neslon, President, Share Our Strength
Ø  John Sayles, CEO, Vermont Foodbank and Chair of the Feeding America Policy Engagement and Advocacy Committee
Ø  Constituent from United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Tuesday, October 29th, 1:00 p.m.
House Triangle

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