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California Association of Food Banks Statement on Passing of Tax Plan

December 20, 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Media Contact:
Daniela Ogden, daniela@cafoodbanks.org
(510) 350-9919

OaklandAnti-hunger advocates warn that today’s passing of the GOP tax plan foreshadows sweeping cuts to critical nutrition safety-net programs. The widely unpopular plan is tilted to the wealthy and slashes trillions of dollars over ten years from programs that serve people with low and moderate incomes, including cuts to Medicaid and Medicare, income assistance for working-poor and other struggling families, nutrition assistance programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known as food stamps), college affordability, job training and education, environmental protections, and public health initiatives.

The vote occurs as millions of working families across the country are spending the holiday season worried about making ends meet. The plan offers little promise of improvement in the quality of life for the majority of Californians with the bulk of tax cuts going to the wealthiest one percent.

“The fight to end hunger in California doesn’t end with Congress passing this misguided tax plan,” said Sue Sigler, Executive Director of California Association of Food Banks. “In fact, we are more determined than ever to speak out for the low and middle-income families that rely on food banks and safety-net programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.”

California has the highest percentage of people living below the poverty line in the country when the cost of housing is taken into consideration. One in eight households faces hunger. Hunger disproportionately affects children and seniors. One out of every four California kids may go to bed hungry each night.

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program remains one of America’s most successful ways to keep people from going without food and we remain committed to speaking out on behalf of the millions of working people that rely on it,” said Sigler.

CAFB has access to spokespeople from local food banks, and clients, affected by these cuts who can speak on this issue.

About California Association of Food Banks

California Association of Food Banks partners with 41 food banks and over 6,000 local agencies. Our mission is to end hunger in California, and our vision is a well-nourished and hunger-free California, where all people have enough food to lead a healthy life. Learn more at www.cafoodbanks.org.


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