Use Your Voice for the Hungry!
5/7/2012 11:00:00 AM by
Did you know that 1/2 of all SNAP Benefits awarded in our state, go to help hungry children?
On April 26, the Senate Agriculture Committee passed the Farm Bill out of committee. The House must do the same. Right now, members of the House Agriculture Committee are working on developing their version of the Farm Bill and seeking public comments to inform their decisions. In April, that same committee approved a proposal to cut SNAP by $36 billion as part of the budget reconciliation process. The full House is expected to vote on this measure later this week. While the budget reconciliation votes are non-binding, they show how serious the threats to hunger-relief programs like SNAP and TEFAP really are, particularly in the House.
The truth is non-profit organizations across the country are simply not able to pick up the slack for cuts to programs such as SNAP. Many of our neighbors are relying on SNAP benefits to feed their families and to them, these cuts would be devastating. As constituents, we are being asked to give our comments on the Farm Bill.
Feedback from constituents does make a difference! It takes about 30 seconds to make your voice heard. Click on this link, fill in the short form, and include your comments about how you care about these national feeding programs!
Feel free to use our name! Something as simple as the following makes a difference to those who are hungry.
I am a supporter of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Right now, many families in our community are struggling. With increased demand for emergency food assistance, high food and gas prices, and declines in TEFAP commodities—a major source of the food we distribute—our food bank is having difficulty meeting the needs of our community. We need a strong Farm Bill to make sure that struggling families can put food on the table. I ask that you pass a Farm Bill that protects and strengthens programs like SNAP, TEFAP, and CSFP. Our community cannot afford cuts to these programs.
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