President's Budget Doesn't Include Food Program for Seniors

By: Mary Rinzel
By: Mary Rinzel

President Bush wants to eliminate a program that provides poor seniors with vegetables, peanut butter and other nutritious foods. He says in his budget that recipients should be moved to food stamps.
Critics argue that the change will leave the seniors worse off than they are now.
The Commodity Supplemental Food Program provides nutritionally balanced boxes of food to about 5,000 poor people, mainly seniors, in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl is the ranking democrat on the Senate Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee and says he'll oppose it.
He says it's a matter of misplaced priorities to make that kind of proposal while cutting taxes for wealthy people.


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