February 19, 2020
- Harrisburg, PA
Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller and other Governor's Food Security Partnership member agencies - the departments of Aging, Health, Community and Economic Development, Education and Agriculture - joined Feeding Pennsylvania and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to vocally oppose the Trump Administration's proposals to devalue the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).The message was clear: recently introduced federal rules will cause families to suffer from hunger, charitable food networks to strain to meet increased demand, and retailers and food producers to lose profits and experience a more constrained customer base."More than one million people around Pennsylvania do not know where they will get their next meal," said DHS Secretary Miller. "For these people, food insecurity is their daily reality. However, programs like SNAP and charitable food networks help working adults, people with disabilities, older adults, and children access food and expand their purchasing power so they do not have to choose between paying for a doctor's appointment or replacing an old pair of shoes and being able to eat dinner. We cannot make life more difficult for vulnerable people in Pennsylvania and around the country."