By LINDSAY WELBERS
Ald. Will Burns (4th) introduced a resolution into the City Council on Thursday to voice his support for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also known as food stamps.
“A great society is judged on the basis of how it treats its most vulnerable citizens —seniors, the disabled, and the hungry,” Burns said in a press release. “SNAP represents our nation’s commitment that in a land of plenty we will not allow our fellow Americans, our veritable neighbors, to starve. It is my hope that this resolution encourages other cities, states, and units of local government to remind federal legislators of our sacred collective responsibility to each other.”
While the United States Department of Agriculture does not break down SNAP statistics by city wards, 48,640 homes in Illinois’ First Congressional District received benefits in July. Comparably 167,293 homes in the district were not receiving SNAP assistance during that time.
The farm bill that has been proposed to the United States House of Representatives would cut $40 billion nationwide from the program.