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Hudson Valley Congresswoman Upset Over Cuts To Food Assistance Programs

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A volunteer packs a bag of food stuffs for waiting people at the Yorkville Common Pantry in Harlem (file/Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

A volunteer packs a bag of food stuffs for waiting people at the Yorkville Common Pantry in Harlem (file/Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

HARRISON, NY (WCBS 880) –Westchester congresswoman is outraged over cuts to food assistance programs and food banks.

Worried about how this will affect Westchester’s most vulnerable, Hudson Valley Congresswoman Nita Lowey says the House of Representatives was irresponsible when it passed the Agriculture Appropriation Act.

“This is unconscionable when people are going through such tough times, to make the cuts to WIC is just wrong,” she said.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports: Lowey Calling On Colleagues To Stop Making Cuts

The act has cuts to various food assistance programs. Included is a $650 million cut to the WIC program, a $51 million cut to the Emergency Food Assistance program and a $38 million cut to the Commodity Supplemental Food program.

She says seniors, pregnant women, infants and children are ones suffering from the cuts. “Nine percent of households right here in Westchester County struggle to meet their family’s food needs over the last year,” said Lowey.

Lowey says the cuts to food assistance programs won’t help balance the budget and says it is “literally taking food out of the mouths” of the needy.

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