Make a Call to Fight Hunger & Protect SNAPJuly 10th, 2012
by Colleen Rivecca
The House Agriculture Committee will be voting on the Farm Bill on July 11. The proposed version of the Farm Bill that they’ll be voting on would cut funding for SNAP (also known as “food stamps” or CalFresh here in California) by $16 billion. This cut would result in a benefit reduction of $90 per month for 500,000 families nation-wide, and would also result in the elimination of benefits for an additional 2-3 million current SNAP recipients.
Here at St. Anthony’s, we’ve seen the impact of the recession in our Dining Room as the average numbers of meals served each day has climbed to 3,000. SNAP is one of the most effective anti-poverty programs, and cuts to SNAP resulting in lower benefit levels and loss of eligibility will increase hunger, poverty, and malnutrition not only among our Dining Room guests, but also among low-income people across the nation.
Now is the time to take a moment to join with people across the country who want to promote a fair Farm Bill that doesn’t increase poverty and hunger. Call or email your Congressional representative today!
Use this toll-free number (provided by the Half in Ten Campaign) to call right now and urge Congress to oppose cuts to nutrition programs in the Farm Bill!
- Dial 877.698.8228. When prompted, enter your zip code and listen to the brief instructions. You’ll then be automatically patched through to your Representative’s office. State that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from.
- Let them know you are calling about the Farm Bill and deliver this important message:
I strongly oppose cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other nutrition assistance programs. Please vote against the proposed cuts to supplemental nutrition assistance in the House Farm Bill. Increasing hunger in America is the wrong vote.
Alternatively, click here to visit Half in Ten’s website and send your message via email.