The new U.S. Food Stamp Bill will end food assistance for an estimated four million people – a destructive blow to millions of Americans living at or below the poverty line, according to the cofounders of No More Poverty.
There are currently more than 46 million people participating in the federal Food Stamp/Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program. According to a recent news story in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/us/politics/house-passes-bill-cutting-40-billion-from-food-stamps.html?hp), the passing of the new Food Stamp Bill by the House Republican majority will reduce that number by four million in 2014, and by 14 million in the next 10 years. No More Poverty cofounders, Dr. Michael Omidi and his brother Julian Omidi, are concerned about what the future may hold for the millions of people with reduced access to food.
“Food stamps are not a luxury item; for millions of unemployed or underemployed people, they provide the only reliable means of accessing food,” says Julian Omidi, No More Poverty cofounder.
The Food Stamp Bill will cut the food stamp budget by $40 billion over the next decade. Under the new regulations, people will only be eligible for food stamp assistance for three months. People who are receiving other welfare benefits will no longer automatically qualify for food stamps. Adult food stamp recipients will also be made to either find employment or enroll in a job training program. Additionally, mandatory drug screenings will be required of all food stamp program enrollees.
“Charitable programs will be stretched to the breaking point if this bill is put into effect,” says No More Poverty cofounder Dr. Michael Omidi.
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