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Statement by James D. Weill, president of the Food Research & Action Center:

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017
— “Despite promises to protect the safety net, President Trump’s proposed “skinny budget” is more of a starvation budget that slashes programs that support vulnerable and low-income people.

“The budget shreds anti-poverty programs in the discretionary part of the federal budget. It eliminates funding for LIHEAP, the Community Services Block Grant, the Community Development Block Grant, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and legal services for the poor, among others. The budget also proposes deep reductions in job training and work-study programs as well as afterschool and summer programs, which are especially critical to the health and learning of low-income children. This is just a sampling of critical programs that have been put on the chopping block.

“FRAC will continue to work with Congress to stop these cuts that would deepen hunger and poverty and harm communities across the nation.”

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The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States.