Hunger to bite more Americans, Muslim group warns

Washington Post: Correction: The name of AMYA President Bilal Rana was previously misspelled.

The number of Americans suffering from hunger is expected to rise after a cut in food stamp benefits, a Muslim nonprofit has warned.

Leaders of Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA)  said over the weekend that more than 50 million Americans are struggling to put food on the table.

In February, more than 850,000 households lost an average of $90 a month after President Obama assented to the 2014 Farm Bill.

The omnibus law will cut $8.7 billion in food stamp benefits over the next 10 years in what its proponents termed as reduction of “fraud and misuse” of the program, which seeks to provide a cushion for the vulnerable.

More than 250 Ahmadiyya Muslims in black and white uniforms, ages 7 to 40, visited Capitol Hill to seek support for their war on hunger from 50 members of Congress.

AMYA President Bilal Rana said his group wanted members of Congress to link the group with like-minded organizations to help feed more than 1 million Americans this year.


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