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MT food bank workers ask federal delegation to save SNAP

By Emily Adamson, KECI Reporter, eadamson@keci.com
Published On: Nov 27 2013 05:50:56 PM MST
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

Employees of the Montana Food Bank Network and Missoula Food Bank delivered messages to Congressman Steve Daines' office in Missoula, urging him to support a Farm Bill that doesn't cut funding to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Both the Montana Food Bank Network and the Missoula Food Bank have spent time collecting well over 100 messages from SNAP clients around the state to express how important the program is in Montana, and what the impact of proposed cuts would mean for SNAP recipients.

“They were very appreciative of the information,” said Montana Food Bank Networks’ Lorianne Burhop. “They said they would pass it along to the D.C. offices and Congressman Daines himself and just make sure that the messages get shared.”

Burhop said they will also share the messages with Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester.

The proposed Farm Bill from the senate would cut about $4 billion of SNAP funding. The house bill would cut $40 billion. Both cuts are over a 10 year period.

The conference committee will work on a compromise to the bill that will then have to get the support of both the house and senate.

Statewide nearly 126,000 people rely on SNAP.