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Despite economic growth, Ag Department says "food insecurity" remains

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTVB) - Steady progress seems to have taken hold in the economic recovery in Southwest Michigan but the Department of Agriculture says there’s a hunger issue that isn’t going away. Congress is considering making large cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP although the latest data from the United State Department of Agriculture shows that the number of people facing food insecurity hasn't been going down.

Judy Putnam with the Michigan League for Public Policy says that food insecurity means someone's had to skip meals due to a lack of money to buy food, and in Michigan, 13.4% of households were food insecure between 2010 and 2012. Not a good time, she says, for Congress to be dramatically cutting food assistance programs.

The U.S. House could consider those cuts as soon as next week, and The League for Public Policy is urging people to contact their representative in Congress to ask that they vote against slashing food programs at this time.