More than 46 million Americans depend on SNAP, formerly the food stamps program, to help put food on their tables every day. SNAP has prevented our nation's economic crisis from turning into a hunger crisis.
But the House of Representatives recently proposed cutting more than $169 billion from SNAP, and some representatives argued that feeding hungry people is really the work of the churches.
That's outrageous! These representatives are essentially saying that on average, every church in America -- no matter how small -- needs to come up with an extra $50,000 dedicated to feeding people every year for the next 10 years to make up for these cuts.
Churches are already responding to unprecedented need, but this burden is more than they can bear and it's our poorest and most vulnerable who will be harmed.
Tell Congress churches can't be the only ones responsible for feeding hungry people.
Some members of Congress have said that churches should be primarily responsible for feeding hungry people. The devastating proposed cuts by the House Budget and House Agriculture Committees to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would mean on average every church in the country would have to come up with approximately $50,000 dedicated to feeding people Ś every year for the next 10 years.
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Cuts to SNAP, particularly at a time of continued high unemployment and unprecedented need for food assistance, are a moral outrage.
I urge you to form a circle of protection around funding for domestic nutrition programs that help meet the nutritional needs of millions of American families.
If you decide to cut SNAP it will be devastating for hungry and poor Americans and would put a huge burden on churches and charities.
God calls us to stand up against injustice. Budget choices that cause food lines to grow longer during a time of great need are unjust. Congress needs to take responsibility and continue helping hungry people in our nation.
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