New England News
6:46 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Activists To Protest Possible Food Stamp Cuts

Protests are planned Monday at the offices of several Congressional leaders around the country by activists opposed to cuts in the food stamp program.

Members of Progressive Democrats of America during a demonstration in 2012 outside the office of U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) in Springfield
Members of Progressive Democrats of America during a demonstration in 2012 outside the office of U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) in Springfield
Credit WAMC

   One of the events organized by Progressive Democrats of America will be at the Springfield office of Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal.  Neal is a leading Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee.  The House is considering cutting billions of dollars from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance  Program, which is funded through the Farm Bill.   In Massachusetts there are more than 800,000 people receiving SNAP benefits according to state health and human services secretary John  Polanowicz.

   The average benefit in Massachusetts is $237 a month