WASHINGTON, D.C. —Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), released the following statement regarding the Farm Bill being passed out of the House Agriculture Committee. This bill currently limits access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps).
“This Farm Bill is bad for America and hard-working families. It needlessly denies large numbers of people access to affordable food and should be opposed by any elected leader who truly cares about making our country a better place to live.
“A majority of adults on SNAP already work hard every day. Creating stricter work requirements is simply cover for installing cuts that will seriously harm hard-working families and the places they live.
“From the food processing plant, to the distribution center, to the checkout lane at the grocery store, SNAP consistently creates sustainable jobs in every community. The changes proposed to it in this bill directly threaten our economy and good jobs across America.
“We urge members of Congress to do what is right and vote against any Farm Bill that would make it harder for Americans to work and feed themselves and their families.”
The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States, representing 1.3 million professionals and their families in grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries.
Our members help put food on our nation’s tables and serve customers in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at www.ufcw.org.