The House of Representatives has begun consideration of a Farm Bill reauthorization which would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, by billions of dollars in the coming years.
The House bill would cut the program by a staggering $20 billion over the next decade, causing 2 million individuals to lose their benefits entirely, 210,000 children to lose free school meals, and 850,000 households to see their benefits cut by an average $90 per month.
These proposed cuts would come on top of an across-the-board benefit reduction affecting every SNAP recipient scheduled to occur on November 1, 2013, as the benefit boost provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) expires, resulting in a cut of approximately $25/month for a family of four.
Contact Representative Welch TODAY and ask him to reject efforts to weaken SNAP!
Dial 866-527-1087* and urge Representative Welch 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.
SNAP is one of the most effective first lines of defense against hunger in the United States and has been critical in responding to food insecurity and improving health outcomes, especially during the recent recession.
One analysis found that SNAP, when counted as income, kept about 4.7 million people out of poverty in 2011, including about 2.1 million children. SNAP also lifted 1.5 million children out of deep poverty (defined as 50 percent of the poverty line) in 2011, more than any other government assistance program.
According to a report of the Food and Nutrition Service, the 3-Squares Vermont Program lifted more households above 101 percent of the poverty level than any other state.
In addition to providing temporary support to guard against hunger in times of need, every SNAP dollar spent generates an estimated $1.70 in local economic activity. Most Americans understand the important role of food stamps, especially in a weak economy like this one, and support the program. According to a recent poll by the Food Research and Action Center, more than three-fourths of American voters oppose cutting food stamps to reduce spending.
Tell Vermont’s Senators and Representative to reject efforts to weaken SNAP!
Senator Patrick Leahy
Washington, DC 20510
Phone (202) 224-4242
Link to the website in order to send an email: https://www.leahy.senate.gov/contact/
Senator Bernie Sanders
Washington, DC 20510
Phone (202) 224-5141
Fax (202) 228-0776
Representative Peter Welch
Washington, D.C. 20515