Catholic Charities USA welcomes bipartisan effort to advance farm bill

Alexandria, Va. (Dec. 12, 2018) –Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), welcomed the bipartisan effort to advance a farm bill that protects domestic nutrition programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

“The Conference Committee Agreement not only protects critical food assistance programs like SNAP, TEFAP and CSFP,” Sister Donna said, “it also makes critical new improvements and investments in improving workforce training programs in states. Addressing poverty requires not only ensuring people have access to basic necessities to support their families but also providing help to get families back on their feet.  Inclusion of case-management in SNAP education and training programs means individuals in need of assistance will be given comprehensive support to find a job and support their families.”

Sister Donna, on behalf of CCUSA, joined the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Rural Life, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in sending a letter to the members of the House of Representatives for negotiating a bipartisan, compromise Farm Bill. Read the full letter here.


Patricia Cole, VP Communications


Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), a member of Caritas Internationalis, is the national office for the Catholic Charities ministry nationwide. CCUSA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 10 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds.