To listen to a recording of the media briefing conference call that includes a statement from the Rev. Dr. Connie Shelton, the director of communications and connectional ministries for the Mississippi Annual Conference, dial 605-475-4099 using access code 1044250#. Then press # again to listen to the most recent recording. The message below was released to the public October 30, 2013.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to proposed cuts by both the House and the Senate to the nation's primary food assistance program, top religious leaders from around the Southeast today spoke out in support of this vital program, responding to the assumption of some federal lawmakers that faith communities can pick up the cost of cuts to the USDA's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
In advance of the first public meeting of the Farm Bill conference committee today, top religious leaders from across the South hosted a media briefing conference call to discuss concerns about the effect of SNAP cuts on the poor and working poor in a region of the nation with the highest rates of poverty.