For Immediate Release
Contact: Molly Cowan, Senate Democratic Policy Director
CONCORD – The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which provides basic food commodities to low-income women, children, and elderly citizens in New Hampshire, recently learned that federal government cutbacks in funding will force the program to eliminate 711 eligible NH citizens per month.
These cutbacks will primarily affect seniors, because federal regulations mandate that women and children receive benefits first. With other recent Federal funding cutbacks in Medicare and Medicaid services, these cuts come at a particularly sensitive time for elderly citizens in the state of New Hampshire.
“I find it unconscionable that seniors, most of whom are living below the poverty level, are in danger of losing the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which in many instances is the difference between having enough to eat and going without,” said Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester.
The Agricultural appropriation passed by congress and signed by President Bush resulted in a reduction of state caseloads by 9.2%. The CSFP serves nearly 600,000 people nationwide. These people will suffer greatly as a result of this budget cut passed by Congress and signed by President Bush.
“I have written letters to the New Hampshire delegation in Washington expressing my deep concern and outrage over these outrageous cuts,” continued Sen. D’Allesandro. “I have urged them to do everything they can to protect their constituents back in New Hampshire.”