Stand Up for SNAP in the Farm Bill!
The Farm Bill, the legislation that provides funding for the majority of the nation's nutrition assistance programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps), is being debated by the Senate this week. As it stands, the Farm Bill would cut approximately $4.5 billion from nutrition assistance which helps to ensure that the poorest and hungriest people in our nation can feed their families.
As you know, the program helps put food on the table for nearly 45 million low-income participants each month—the majority of whom are children, elderly, disabled, or working poor. In 2010 alone it lifted more than 5 million Americans above the poverty line. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program also benefits our economy--every $1 in SNAP is estimated to create $1.73 to $1.79 in economic activity.
It is critical that we stand together against any efforts to undermine or cut nutrition assistance for struggling families. Several amendments to this bill have been filed, including one which would restore funding to SNAP.
Please help us generate calls and emails to the Senate this week to support amendments that restore the cut to SNAP and further strengthen the nutrition title, and oppose harmful amendments that would further cut or undermine SNAP and weaken other parts of the nutrition title. Call this toll-free number: 877-698-8228 to be connected to your Senators or enter your zip code in the field below to access an emailable letter you can send to your Senators in two minutes or less.
The House will soon consider their own version of the Farm Bill. Join Feeding America and FRAC for a virtual town hall and call-in push on the Farm Bill with Representatives Jim McGovern and Rosa DeLauro on Monday, June 18 at 1:30pm EST. The 30 minute town hall will provide an update on where the Farm Bill stands and an overview of threats and strategy in the House. At the end of the town hall, participants will be automatically connected to their representative’s office and encouraged to deliver a message about protecting nutrition programs in the Farm Bill.
Register now for a Virtual Town Hall with nutrition champions. Join this interactive conversation for an update on the latest Farm Bill action and hear from leaders in Congress about what we need to do to protect nutrition programs from the significant threats in the House.
What: Farm Bill Virtual Town Hall
When: Monday, June 18, 1:30 ET
Who: Rep. Jim McGovern (MA), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT), hunger and nutrition advocates across the country
How: Register now to attend!