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Congress Debates 2018 FARM Bill & SNAP Cuts

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will debate the recently released House Farm Bill proposal. Unfortunately, this proposal calls for devastating cuts to programs our clients rely on, like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP also known as food stamps). Nearly 2 million people could lose their SNAP benefits across the U.S. if this proposal is passed.

SNAP puts food on the table for over 42 million Americans and nearly 800,000 Massachusetts residents every year. For every meal the emergency food system provides, SNAP provides 12.

We oppose all proposed cuts and structural changes that undermine vital and successful federal food assistance programs, in favor of inefficient proposals that diminish the dignity and choice of our clients.

Our message has been consistent. GBFB believes hunger is a non-partisan issue, and no one in our country should ever go hungry.

TAKE ACTION:

  • Call Your Member of Congress: Share stories about why SNAP is important to our clients.
  • If you do not know who your Congressperson is, you can look it up by zip code HERE. To call your Member of Congress: [(888) 398-8702].
  • Sample Script:

I am calling from [town/city, organization/agency] in [your Congressperson’s] district.

I am deeply concerned about the Farm Bill that is currently being debated. The bill’s severe cuts to the SNAP program through burdensome and unnecessary work time limits and restrictions on eligibility will lengthen the lines at our pantries, soup kitchens, and other sites that serve hungry people.

[SHARE PERSONAL STORY]

I want to see a strong Farm Bill that protects the hungry while at the same time supporting struggling farmers and rural communities. Unfortunately, this bill would only worsen hunger and make it harder for children, seniors, and families to access much-needed food assistance.

If you have any further questions, please contact GBFB Senior Manager of Public Affairs Catherine Drennan at cdrennan@gbfb.org or 617-598-5067.

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