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September 13, 2013

Charities Decry Food-Stamps Cuts as House Vote Looms

With congressional Republicans planning a vote next week on a bill that would trim $40-billion over 10 years from federal nutrition programs, food charities are stepping up opposition to a move they say would cut off aid to millions of Americans, Bloomberg writes.

Advocates from New York traveled to Washington Thursday as part of a national campaign to lobby against the cuts. House Republicans say tightening eligibility for food stamps will save money and curb abuse of the program by recipients who are able to work.

Food charities say the plan will swell the number of people coming to them, straining their ability to help the hungry. Margarette Purvis, president and CEO of the Food Bank for New York City, said the GOP proposal would eliminate 76 million federally funded meals from the city annually. "We have no ability to make up for these cuts," she said.