POSTED: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 4:43pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 8:09am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Food: we all need it to survive, but what happens when Congress is in deliberation over Texas's most beneficial food assistance program? Congressman Vela and RGV Food Bank employees attended a Hunger Awareness press conference to discuss the program cuts Congress is trying to push.
“The press conference inside this building focused on the importance of the program SNAP, which was formerly the food stamp program. Although it helps 4 million people put food on the table every year, it’s been under attack in Congress for economic reasons.”
“Well, I think it’s very important to realize that 76 percent of SNAP recipients are elderly, and, and our children. So to rip, um, to rip the food and nutrition programs away from those people, uh, is just the wrong thing to do.”
“We live in a state with many people struggling to afford food. We know that one in four Texas children lives in a household that does not, is not able to consistently afford food. SNAP gives them the ability to do that.”
The various officials who spoke out against significant SNAP cuts were not the only ones to do so. Everyday citizens talked about what SNAP meant to the wellbeing of their family and how it has positively affected their lives.
Though SNAP is an assistance program, Congressman Vela said that those who take advantage of it would be promptly cut off.
“There are programs in place to make sure that we eliminate fraud within the systems, so that if you’re not a child and you’re not elderly, that you are a nonworking adult that, uh, is not a senior citizen, you don’t get the benefits forever. They’re cut off in a very reasonable period of time.
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.