By Alice Kenny
WIC, the Women’s Infants and Children program that provides food for 9 million women and children, was shut down today after the House and Senate failed to agree on a bill to fund the federal government.
The clock is now counting down for cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – SNAP/food stamps – that provides food for millions of hungry Americans.
Advocating for the hungry, Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan joins fellow anti-hunger advocates at 1 p.m. today to introduce a “Hunger Clock.” Displayed across the side of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, the Hunger Clock will provide a countdown of days –30 today and ticking down– until all SNAP recipients see a reduction in their food benefits.
48 million Americans will see their SNAP benefits cut on November 1st. In addition, Congress has proposed $40 billion in SNAP cuts as part of the Farm Bill. The majority of SNAP recipients are working parents, children, seniors, and people with disabilities. In addition, the average length of time someone receives SNAP is currently less than one year.
Catholic Charities is here to help. Catholic Charities supports a vast network of soup kitchens and food pantries to help homeless and individuals in need. In any given year, Catholic Charities and its affiliated agencies provided 6,600,000 nutritious meals in parish and community food programs.
Looking of help?
Click here or call us at the Catholic Charities Help Line: 888-744-7900.
Wonder what else is closed and open during the government shutdown?
Check out this updated News Channel 4 site.
Stop the Hunger Clock is a national, web-based campaign aimed at drawing attention to these pending cuts.
Click here to learn more.