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New York food bank launches online SNAP defense

The Food Bank for New York City announced Monday it has launched The Hunger Cliff, a national online resource and action center, in response to the House vote last Thursday to cut $39 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as SNAP or food stamps, as part of the farm bill reauthorization.

“The website encourages individuals and organizations to learn about what’s at stake if food stamp benefits are cut, and asks individuals to send a Thunderclap social media message to Congress that these cuts are unacceptable,” the group said in a news release.

“Through a scrolling graphic, HungerCliff.org illustrates what will happen when Congress cuts SNAP benefits,” the group said.

The debate over food stamps and the farm bill continues elsewhere as well.

The Washington Post featured two stories on the subject on Monday. One story analyzed how the number of people on food stamps has grown to 47 million while a second noted that the proposals in the House-passed bill to remove state waiver authority would cause more work for the states.

In addition, Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation and Jim Weill of the Food Research Action Center discussed this issue Monday on The Diane Rehm Show Monday on National Public Radio station WAMU.