Take Action: Urge Your Member of Congress Not to Cut Nutrition Assistance
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 known as food stamps) is being voted on this week by the House of Representatives. The House Bill would cut a staggering $21 billion from the program, eliminating food assistance entirely to nearly 2 million low-income people, mostly families with children, which would deal a tough blow to those across the country struggling to put food on the table and make ends meet—right at the time when such families are coping with cuts to other vital safety net supports like housing assistance, child care, and Head Start as part of sequestration.
SNAP helps low-income families. The program helps put food on the table for more than 47 million people on average each month - the majority of whom are children, elderly, disabled, or working poor. SNAP plays a vital role in keeping families living on the brink from slipping into poverty. In 2011, SNAP lifted 4.7 million households out of poverty in, including 2.1 million children.
The program also benefits our economy-- every 5 dollars in new spending on SNAP generates 9 dollars in economic activity. When families receive their benefits, they use them to purchase groceries and necessities for their family, which not only meets family food needs but also keeps local businesses running smoothly.
Cuts to SNAP would devastate low-income families. Along with the 2 million Americans that will lose their benefits entirely, the House Farm Bill would cause 210,000 children to lose access to free meals at school, and 850,000 households to see their benefits cut by an average of $90 per month.
It is critical that we stand together against any efforts to undermine or cut nutrition assistance for struggling families. Take action and oppose harmful cuts to SNAP!