Bishop Blaire to House: Oppose Cuts for Poor and Hungry

Bishop Stephen E. Blaire

From the USCCB, news of Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California — chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development — urging the U.S. House of Representatives not to accept a proposed $40 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps:

“SNAP helps relieve pressure on overwhelmed parishes, charities, food banks, pantries and other emergency food providers across the country that could not begin to meet the need for food assistance if SNAP eligibility or benefits were reduced,” Bishop Blaire wrote. “The faith community and the private sector are vital in the fight to combat hunger. But government has an indispensable role in safeguarding and promoting the common good of all. This includes ensuring that poor and hungry people have access to adequate and nutritious food.”

Read the full text of Bishop Blaire’s letter

A question for you: Do you feel that “government has an indispensable role in safeguarding and promoting the common good of all” as Bishop Blaire states in his letter?

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