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Rep. Kind reacts to FoodShare cuts, shares thoughts on "$4.50 a Day"

Eau Claire (WQOW)- Cuts to FoodShare are one hurdle hungry families are facing.  Congressman Ron Kind says there is something Governor Walker could do to help those families.

When the most recent Farm Bill was passed it included $8 billion in cuts, over the next decade, that will impact SNAP which funds Wisconsin's FoodShare program. Representative Kind says families will see their FoodShare dollars decrease, and some could be kicked off the program. He says other states have found, essentially, a loophole. It would allow low-income households to get a boost in federal food benefits, if they receive energy assistance dollars.   If more money were put into the energy assistance fund FoodShare benefits would bump back up. It's been dubbed "Heat to Eat" and Kind says it's needed now.
"I think it's just misplaced priorities. We could very easily fix this as a state, avoid anyone from being eliminated who currently qualifies for food assistance. As I've traveled around the congressional district I've visited a lot of food banks just to get a sense from them, of what the need is. And it seems to be getting worse. The need is growing," says Kind.

We reached out to local lawmakers for their reaction after a story we aired focusing on families who depend on food assistance. Congressman Kind says before he voted on the Farm Bill he also spent a few days eating on a very tight budget, similar to someone who relies on FoodShare. SNAP funding accounts for a large majority of the Farm Bill and he says a deep cut to that program was one reason why he voted against that bill. We also reached out to Representative Duffy for his reaction to the piece "$4.50 a Day" but he did not get back to us.
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