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Nebraska Christian leaders argue against food stamp cuts

Catholic World News - June 07, 2013

Bishop William Dendinger of Grand Island has joined Episcopal, Lutheran, and Methodist leaders in Nebraska in urging representatives and senators not to support cuts to the federal food stamp program.

“Votes to reduce the deficit for our children that have the unintended consequence of increasing their hunger and poverty seem penny-wise and pound-foolish,” they said in a column published in the Omaha World-Herald. “Cuts to SNAP [the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] would mean more hunger in Nebraska, and in the long term this would contribute to poorer health and greater instability in families and communities.”

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  • Posted by: BlessedByJP2 - Jun. 07, 2013 10:30 PM ET USA

    If the Bishop of Grand Island and the Protestant religious leaders mentioned in the article see a great need for hunger relief in their communities, then they should use the pulpit to ask for food/cash donations to start a food bank, or expand it to serve more if one already exists. This would have a tremendous positive impact, both spiritually and materially, on the poor. Ceding this responsibility to the federal government has had a disastrous effect on the social fabric of our country.

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