Just Harvest Action to Save WIC sign now

Dear Senators Toomey and Casey,

As part of the continuing resolution (HR 1), Congress is calling for huge cuts that will affect low-income Americans who depend on vital social programs like the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The Senate vote on HR 1 is imminent.

Just Harvest, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization that works to eliminate hunger and poverty in our community, notes that HR 1 includes a $758 million cut to WIC. This would have a tremendously negative effect on low-income new mothers who use their monthly WIC benefits to purchase high-nutrition fruits, vegetables, grains and formula and milk for their children up to age 5.

In Allegheny County, over 16,000 WIC-eligible households participated in this program in 2010. And the program benefits more than just families. According to the Allegheny County Health Department, WIC brought $11,832,943 in sales to 94 WIC-authorized stores. A better fix for our deficit crisis that would not eliminate resources for so many in our community can surely be found.

Low-income mothers and children do not deserve to pay for the shortfalls of others. Just Harvest and the undersigned concerned citizens urge you to vote in opposition to HR 1 or any other policy that cuts vital social safety net programs like WIC.

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U.S. Senators Pat Toomey and Robert Casey

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