We are united in our belief that government is the most effective way to ensure the well-being of its people.
Together, to end hunger and malnutrition in New England, we believe:
Strong federal nutrition programs reduce hunger and health care costs, boost the economy, and improve access to healthy food for all low-income New Englanders. Proposals that cut or “restructure” nutrition benefits directly harm New England households who struggle daily to put food on the table.
The New England region has the opportunity to make significant strides in ending hunger when advocates, governors, state legislatures, and our congressional delegations work in alignment to advance strong anti-hunger policy. States cannot absorb the loss of federal dollars, nor shift limited state dollars to fill the gap in benefits critical for low-income households and local economies.
By nurturing and replicating policies that reduce hunger, we help able-bodied people move to economic independence. At the same time, these programs protect our more vulnerable elders, children and persons with disabilities from costly consequences of food insecurity and hunger resulting in poor health and the need for costly care.
As a New England region of united anti-hunger advocates we urge our elected officials at every level to embrace these shared strategies:
The SNAP program is our nation’s most effective response to hunger. We must advance policies that strengthen the program and work to prevent policies that undermine the program’s efficacy.
Child and elder nutrition programs are an investment in the future of New England. We must continue investment and expansion of child nutrition programs for the health and future success of our children. We must protect and strengthen all nutrition programs that serve elders and people with disabilities, investments that help both reduce health care costs and allow vulnerable residents to age in their communities with dignity.
Strong nutrition programs coupled with a strong economy can significantly reduce hunger in New England. Support and protect policies that put people on a long-term path to sustained food security.