Recently, the House of Representatives decided to proceed with the Farm Bill by splitting it into two separate pieces of legislation -- a farm only bill, which would cover agriculture programs, and a nutrition bill.
We expect this split is going to result in deeper cuts and harmful policy changes to SNAP when the nutrition portion of the bill is brought to the floor.
That's not right.
Lost amidst the partisan politics and political maneuverings is the fact that nearly 50 million Americans struggle with hunger. A Farm Bill that doesn't adequately fund programs like SNAP will lead to lost meals for struggling families.
As Congress works to write a new Farm Bill and bring our fiscal house in order, we must remind them that cutting programs that put food on the table for hungry Americans is not the right way to balance the budget.
Help us urge Congress to protect and strengthen anti-hunger programs. Make your voice heard today!
Dear [Decision Maker],
As Congress considers how to proceed on the Farm Bill in 2013, I urge you to oppose cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and invest in the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). I understand the need to balance the budget, but we must do it in a way that reflects our values as a nation. Asking hungry families to bear the burden of reducing the deficit does not reflect those values.
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I support my local food bank, and I know they are struggling to meet the needs of our community. Food donations are drying up, gas and food prices remain high, and nearly 50 million Americans face hunger.
I know Congress is considering how to balance the budget, but cutting programs that help low-income Americans put food on the table is the wrong way to reduce our nation's deficit. While food banks, churches, and pantries are doing great work in our community, charity alone cannot meet the need for food assistance.
You have an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of hungry Americans. As Congress considers how to pass a new Farm Bill and reduce our national debt, Congress must protect and strengthen hunger-relief programs like the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). With unemployment still high and many Americans struggling to make ends meet, Congress cannot cut the programs that are helping many of our neighbors put food on the table. Given the associated healthcare, educational, and economic costs of hunger and poor nutrition, cuts to these programs are not only immoral, they are short-sighted and costly in the long run.
As your constituent, I ask that you remember the families who are struggling in our state and remain committed to protecting programs that are a lifeline for hungry Americans. Please protect and invest in TEFAP, SNAP, and other hunger-relief programs.