Executive Director’s Action Alert on FY 2018 Budget

 

Currently in the U.S., more than 42 million people find themselves in a position where they sometimes don’t have the money they need to purchase food. About 95% of the help they receive comes from government programs. Only about 5% of those hunger needs are met by a web of hunger-relief programs, food banks, and churches. In response to the administration’s proposal to severely cut government food assistance programs, the Society of St. Andrew releases this statement:


Executive Director’s Action Alert

President Trump released his FY 2018 budget proposal this week. A budget proposal is a statement of our values and priorities as a nation. This proposal declares that the poor and the ill and the unfortunate in America are given too much help. To fix that situation, it proposes more than $190 billion dollars in cuts in SNAP, the federal food assistance program, over the next ten years. It also plans a reduction in funds for The Emergency Food Assistance Program, which supports food banks. These are in addition to sweeping cuts in funding for health, education, environmental protection, energy assistance, scientific study, and other crucial areas.

As part of America’s network of food assistance organizations, the Society of St. Andrew knows that we, and tens of thousands of food pantries and food banks, are doing all we can to assist families with the most basic of needs. We know that single mothers, children, the elderly, veterans and their families, underemployed adults, the physically and mentally disabled, and others suffering from poverty and hunger are not enjoying too much help.

It is now time for Congress to step up and show its support for the millions of Americans whose lives would be harmed by this budget. It is time for Congress not to decide how much to fold or how much to compromise, but instead to express its support for our nation’s most vulnerable citizens, those Jesus called “the least of these.”

We call on Congress to respond with an aggressive budget plan of its own: a plan that places a priority on those most in need. We ask Congress to demonstrate that it understands the importance of a strong social safety net and to work tirelessly to address systemic issues that leave 42 million of our neighbors at risk for hunger.

– Lynette Johnson, Executive Director
800-333-4597, lynette@endhunger.org


We urge everyone to make known their thoughts as Congress deliberates the FY 2018 federal budget. You can send your thoughts to your members of Congress. You might also write a letter to your newspaper editor, share your thoughts on social media, and talk with your friends and family about the type of budget, and type of nation, you want to see.

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How the Story of the 12 Baskets is Connected to SoSA’s Name

Matthew 14:16-21

But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away; you give them something to eat!” They said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.” And He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, and they all ate and were satisfied. They picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve full baskets. There were about five thousand men who ate, besides women and children.

2 Kings 4:42-44

[…]the man of God […] said, “Give them to the people that they may eat.” His attendant said, “What, will I set this before a hundred men?” But he said, “Give them to the people that they may eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and have some left over.’” So he set it before them, and they ate and had some left over, according to the word of the Lord.