Lugar wants to cut $40 billion from farming support & nutrition assistance

Lugar wants to cut  billion from farming support & nutrition assistance

Richard Lugar

U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar, D-Ind., reintroduced legislation last month to cut $40 billion from federal farming support and federal nutrition assistance funding, which could eliminate food stamps for 74,000 already hungry Illinois residents, including 15,000 in Chicago.[...]

Analysis of federal data from the Current Population Survey's Food Security Supplement shows that in 2009, about 19 percent of households with adults ages 60 and over with low incomes -- under 185 percent of the poverty line -- were food insecure. In comparison, slightly less than 15 percent of all households were food insecure.

"Shrinking food stamp coverage will likely hit senior citizens the hardest," said Hinde.

Additionally, Hinde noted that the federal food stamp program, officially known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, has successfully eliminated waste, fraud, and abuse in the last decade.

"The food stamp program is working at a 95 percent efficiency and accuracy rate," said Hinde. "The people who legitimately are food insecure are legitimately receiving food assistance."

via U.S. Sen. Lugar, D-Ind., Reintroduces Bill To Cut Farm Support, Food Stamps.

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