Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Statement
On House Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill

Attributed to Katie Fitzgerald, CEO, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – May 17, 2018 “The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is disappointed the House of Representatives voted today for a Farm Bill that would cause irreversible damage to the people we serve by dramatically cutting food for families, children, veterans and seniors. If this bill becomes law, the Regional Food Bank will not be able to make up for the lost meals. We want to work with members of Congress on both sides of the aisle in the House and Senate to ensure that the final legislation does not take food off the table for families who need it.

“The Regional Food Bank sees firsthand the struggles families, seniors, veterans and children in our communities face when they are food insecure. Our work to reduce hunger relies upon strong federal nutrition programs. As a member of the Feeding America network of 200 food banks and 60,000 partner agencies who provide food in every county in our country, we know we won’t be able to make up the difference caused by the loss in funding.. For every meal provided by our vast network of food banks, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides 12. The indiscriminate cuts to SNAP included in the House Farm Bill would devastate Americans facing hunger and leave our food bank unable to fill the gap.

Feeding America’s analysis found the measure’s net effect will be a loss of more than 9.2 billion meals over 10 years from the plates of hungry Americans including children, seniors, veterans and individuals with disabilities. While the legislation does include additional funding for food assistance through the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), it does not come close to offsetting the lost meals.

The Regional Food Bank encourages our Congressional delegation to work in a bipartisan manner on a Senate version and on final passage of the next Farm Bill, and to keep in mind those individuals and families who most need a helping hand on the pathway to a better life.”

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 613 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger. For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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