Congresswoman Nikki Budzinski highlighted the stories of her constituents who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program during a House Committee on Agriculture Hearing on nutrition programs in the upcoming 2023 Farm Bill.
In the hearing, Budzinski shared the story of Kathy, a 66-year-old from Decatur who lives on a fixed income of $1,088 a month. Her $98 monthly SNAP benefits help her buy fresh fruits and vegetables that help her manage her diabetes and stay healthy. She also highlighted James, a 66-year-old from Urbana Illinois whose $55 monthly SNAP benefits barely help him to get by and Don, a 56-year-old from East St. Louis who shared that SNAP is “the only way to put food on the table.”
“I will not support any policies that result in food being taken away from Kathy, James, Don and the many other older adults in my district who depend on SNAP to put food on the table for their families,” said Congresswoman Budzinski.