A spokeswoman for Second Harvest Food Bank says if a proposal to cut the Federal Food Stamp Program by 5% is approved, the food bank will not be able to keep up with the expected increase in demand for assistance.
"The deep cuts will be absolutely devastating to many, many, many thousands of Louisiana residents, and they will rely even more heavily on Second Harvest and its network of 300 pantries, churches, soup kitchens," says Lisa Abel, Chief Philantrophy and Marketing Officer for the food bank.
A Republican proposal to cut food stamps by nearly $4 billion annually has squeezed by in the House despite unanimous Democratic opposition and the defection of 15 GOP moderates.
Abel says the food bank will lobby against the cuts.
"At this point, we're advocating for all of our community civic advocates, individuals, corporations, foundations to work through their local legislators, regional legislators, to ensure that these cuts do not become a reality," Abel said.