Take Action: Urge your member of Congress to oppose cuts to SNAP in a Farm Bill
Funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is yet again on the chopping block as Congress attempts to pass a final Farm Bill. The Senate passed a Farm Bill that included a cut of $4 billion to SNAP and the House passed its nutrition-only farm bill that cuts $40 billion from SNAP over the next 10 years, which would kick 3.8 million people off SNAP and result in 1.5 billion lost meals for struggling families in the first year alone. Representatives from both chambers have come together for a conference committee to negotiate and reconcile the differences between their bills and determine how much they will cut from nutrition assistance over the next couple of weeks. It is crucial that we oppose SNAP cuts in any Farm Bill conference report.
A cut to SNAP now would come on top of a benefit cut that just took place on November 1, which has left the average SNAP benefit at less than $1.40 per meal.
In addition, recent data underscore that SNAP is among the most effective anti-poverty programs, keeping 5 million people out of poverty in 2012. SNAP matters to neighbors in every community in the country, and we need your help to send a strong message to Congress that we won’t stand for more hunger and food insecurity through cuts to SNAP.
The program also benefits our economy—every $5 in new spending on SNAP generates $9 in economic activity. The $40 billion cut that the House passed in its nutrition-only Farm Bill would be devastating to families struggling with hunger as well as to the national economy—translating into 55,000 job losses in the first year alone. We can’t let that happen.
We must make our voices heard again and urge our members of Congress to remain steadfast in protecting SNAP and to oppose a Farm Bill that slashes nutrition assistance. Take action now by entering your ZIP code below to protect SNAP!