This morning, Sen. Durbin took time out of his busy schedule to join Greater Chicago Food Depository staff for a round-table discussion about the need in Cook County and the significant effects of proposed cuts to key safety net programs in 2012.

Sen. Durbin, a longtime supporter of the food bank, shared his perspective on Congress’s proposed cuts to critical programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP, also known as USDA commodities).

“We need to cut spending,” Sen. Durbin said. “But let’s be careful. We need to have good sense about good cuts and bad cuts and cutting SNAP and TEFAP is not good for America.”

Check out some photos from Sen. Durbin’s visit, and log on to the Food Depository’s Advocacy Center to learn more about key policy issues affecting hunger relief.