First Focus Campaign for Children is pleased that the Farm Bill conferees have produced a bipartisan farm bill agreement that rejects harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and protects the ability of low-income families with children to put food on the table. The following statement comes from said First Focus Campaign for Children president, Bruce Lesley:

“SNAP is the first line of defense against food insecurity for 19 million children. This bill is a clear repudiation of the House bill, which would have made it harder for hundreds of thousands of families with children to access SNAP. We are encouraged that–instead–lawmakers were able to come together from both sides of the aisle to support this critical program, which not only fights child food insecurity, but lifted 1.5 million children out of poverty last year alone.”

First Focus Campaign for Children looks forward to continuing to work with lawmakers to promote policies that not only protect SNAP, but also strengthen its ability to prevent children from experiencing hunger and poverty.