Walorski Honored by Congressional Hunger Center for Work to Fight Poverty
Walorski’s Nutrition Subcommittee Has Studied Hunger Assistance Reforms
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today was honored by the Congressional Hunger Center for her work to fight hunger and poverty. As chairwoman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Walorski has held more than a dozen hearings over 18 months examining the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and its role in anti-poverty and anti-hunger efforts.
“I want to thank the Congressional Hunger Center as well as Congressman Jim McGovern, my Ranking Member on the Nutrition Subcommittee, for all their work on these critical issues,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “The goal of replacing poverty and hunger with prosperity and opportunity is a bipartisan one, and I hope our cooperation and collaboration lays the groundwork for real improvements to how we help Americans build a bridge out of poverty.”
Walorski was one of seven honorees at the 2016 Hunger Leadership Awards. U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02), the Ranking Member of the Nutrition Subcommittee, presented Walorski with the award. Other honorees included U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (KS) and Debbie Stabenow (MI), U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04), and chef and restaurateur Jose Andres. The Congressional Hunger Center is a nonprofit organization that works to make issues of domestic and international hunger a priority to policymakers.
Walorski has held numerous hearings of the Nutrition Subcommittee to study the past, present, and future of SNAP and reviewing the unique challenges facing children, seniors, veterans, and active duty military families trying to get back on their feet and break free from the cycle of poverty and hunger. Among the issues studied were the “welfare cliff” – the abrupt loss of benefits due to a new job or a raise – and the way the more than 80 anti-poverty programs work with each other.
Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture.