The American Society on Aging is committed to improving the quality of life for all older Americans, and its members especially are concerned with the welfare and well-being of lower-income elders who face years of struggle to maintain an adequate and nutritious diet on fixed incomes.
For that reason, ASA’s leadership strongly urges Americans to oppose the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) currently being offered by the House Agriculture Committee. The bill includes several bad policy measures that would have a detrimental impact upon the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a program that, as documented by our colleagues at NCOA, is relied upon by nearly 5 million Americans age 60 or more. For additional information, we also recommend review of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities assessment of the bill.
All older Americans deserve—as an absolute minimum—to be able to live with security from hunger. Efforts by federal policy makers to reduce the already far-from-generous food assistance available to low-income elders is an outrageous attack on millions of Americans who have worked hard for years, and who in many cases supported families and provide care to spouses as well. We urge Americans to get in touch with their House members to oppose H.R. 2 and advocate instead for an expansion of support for low-income elders through SNAP.
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