Oregon Food Bank action alert on the Fiscal Cliff

December 12, 2012 at 7:08 am Leave a comment

President Obama and congressional leadership are actively working on an agreement to avoid the “fiscal cliff”—the combination of tax increases and spending cuts scheduled to take effect on January 1.

Oregon Food Bank believes that a balanced approach must be taken to resolve the national debt. Any agreement should not increase poverty or hunger in America. Unfortunately, two items that are part of the discussions would do just that—cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) and limiting the charitable tax donation.

SNAP currently helps 47 million American—including almost 810,000 Oregonians and more than 1.1 million Washingtonians—afford the food they need to be healthy and successful in school, work and life. Proposals to cut SNAP are simply unacceptable. Food banks could not meet the additional need for emergency food assistance that cuts to SNAP would create.

Some proposals for deficit reduction include weakening the charitable giving incentive or placing general restrictions on itemized deductions for taxpayers. The effects on charitable giving would be disastrous. OFB relies on strong community support to meet the current record level demand in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.

Please contact your U.S. senators and representative today:


Because this is a critical time for fiscal cliff negotiations, we may reach out to you again soon for additional action as we see concrete proposals put forward. Thank you for all you do to protect your friends and neighbors who struggle to have enough to eat … because no one should be hungry.

Many thanks,

Sarah Flynn
Public Policy Outreach Coordinator
Oregon Food Bank


Entry filed under: Action Alert.

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