Thursday, May 3, 2018

U.S. House to take up serious cuts to Food Stamps/SNAP during Farm Bill debate

The Farm Bill, including cuts to SNAP likely to reduce or terminate benefits for close to 2 million people, is headed to the House floor. It is expected sometime after Congress returns from the current recess - maybe late in the week of May 7 or during the week of May 14. It is imperative that we let Congress know that they should "Vote NO on H.R. 2!"

May 8 Call-in Day:  On Tuesday, May 8th as many people as possible should call their member of Congress and tell them to "Vote NO on H.R. 2!"

Please make use of Feeding America's toll free number: 1-888-398-8702*. You will be connected to your Representatives office by putting in your zip code. 

Please share this number with your networks and ask them to encourage people to call. The number is live now and people can start calling now but please make sure you call on *Tuesday, May 8th!*

Here are important resources for your advocacy in the next couple of weeks:

From the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

1. House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill Would Increase Food Insecurity and Hardship

2. Fact Sheets showing impact of Farm Bill SNAP cuts on:
Low-Income Women, including those with disabilities or chronic health conditions, those caring for family members with disabilities, and survivors of domestic violence;
People with Disabilities, including those who have a physical or mental impairment and those caring for family members – both children and adults – with disabilities or serious health conditions.
Children, including those with working parents and those with disabilities.

From the Food Research and Action Center FRAC):
Take Action materials

From the Coalition on Human Needs (CHN):
Protecting Basic Needs Programs issue page (one-stop shopping for many resource materials to help you oppose cuts to SNAP, Medicaid, housing programs)