The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — the nation’s most critical anti-hunger program — supports 41 million working families earning low wages, seniors, children, and individuals with disabilities. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway’s (R-TX) farm bill proposal (HR 2), released on April 12 and passed along party lines in Committee, would cut more than $20 billion from SNAP over the next decade.
The farm bill, written behind closed doors with no input from Democrats, would overhaul SNAP — expanding harsh time limits for unemployed and underemployed workers; reducing benefits for low-income families facing energy costs; and stripping away state options that allow families to get back on their feet by saving modest amounts while participating in SNAP.
The majority of participating families can’t stretch SNAP’s moderate benefits — which average only about $1.40 per person per meal — to the end of the month. The proposed cuts would cause an estimated 2 million Americans — a disproportionate share of whom are in families with children — to lose SNAP or see their benefits reduced. What’s more, the bill would also take away free school meals from 265,000 children. Data shows that individuals on SNAP who can work do work, with more than 80% of households working within a year of receiving SNAP. The House is expected to vote on the farm bill this week.
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Hi my name is [your name] and I’m a constituent of Representative [your representative’s name]. I am concerned about a harmful proposal in the farm bill that would restrict eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by imposing arbitrary work requirements upon those who simply need help putting food on the table, and would most harm children. I urge you to support a farm bill that protects and strengthens nutrition assistance programs in the US, and oppose work requirements and eligibility limits for the program that would result in the elimination of coverage for millions of SNAP households.