Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, urges everyone to call their Members of Congress on Tuesday, June 18, to oppose harmful cuts to the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps).
This week, the House is expected to take up its version of the Farm Bill. Congressional Representatives are proposing cuts to SNAP that the organization says would take food away from struggling families, increase demand on food banks and have long-term consequences for recipients’ health, education and economic futures.
Even if Congress does not make changes to SNAP, benefits will decline for all participants on November 1 when the ARRA benefit boost expires, falling on average by about $25 for a family of three.
The House Farm Bill would decrease benefits by about $90 per month for 850,000 households and cause two million individuals to lose SNAP entirely. On top of that, 210,000 children would lose free school meals, as their eligibility is tied to their family’s SNAP.
The proposed $21 billion in cuts to SNAP proposed by the House would result in lost meals that food banks simply cannot make up, according to Feeding America.
“To put the extent of these cuts in perspective, if divided evenly across Feeding America’s nationwide network of 200 food banks, every food bank would have to provide an additional four million meals each year for the next ten years. That is an impossible gap to fill,” said Bob Aiken, president and CEO of Feeding America.
“There is no way that charity could make up for this loss of SNAP benefits,” Aiken continued. “Our food banks are already stretched thin meeting sustained high need, and we simply do not have the resources to prevent hunger in all of the families who would be impacted by these cuts.”
Feeding America is urging Americans to call the organization’s toll-free line at 866.527.1087 on Tuesday, June 18 to urge members of Congress to :
- Speak out in support of SNAP and against any cuts on the House floor
- Vote NO on any harmful amendments to SNAP
- Vote YES on any amendments to restore SNAP cuts or to strengthen the program
- Vote NO on a Farm Bill that includes SNAP cuts
- Spread the word by sharing with your networks and on social media
For more information on the proposed cuts to SNAP, visit http://www.feedingamerica.org.