House released Farm Bill: Tues. 9/17 is “Call Congress” Day to speak up against SNAP cuts
Today the House released its nutrition bill for the Farm Bill and, as warned, it does include $40 billion in cuts to SNAP and the House could vote as soon as Thursday.
A coalition of advocates has set up a national toll-free hotline that will connect to any Congress member for a national “Call Congress” day on Tuesday, Sept. 17 so clients, agencies, volunteers and concerned advocates can speak up with a single message:
Vote NO on cuts to food stamps in the Farm Bill!
Washington’s Republican members of Congress especially need to hear our message. We’ve had great support from many of our Democratic members – who need to hear our positive support to stay strong. Yet Reps. Reichert, Herrera Beutler, Hastings and McMorris Rogers need to hear from constituents that hungry people in their districts will be hurt by changes to SNAP.
TAKE 2 ACTION STEPS NOW:
1. Call (866) 456-8824 on TUESDAY, Sept. 17 to contact your House member – urge them vote NO on the Farm Bill and protect SNAP!
2. Forward this message NOW and make a big noise in Congress! Rally colleagues in other organizations; your board, volunteers and staff, and your friends and neighbors – let’s stand together against hunger in America and protect food stamps.
Do you tweet or use Facebook? Tools to use to spread the word:
If you use Twitter, you know the power of a hash tag: #MadAsHell is one way to say what you think about cutting food stamps. Did you know that even if you don’t tweet, you can use hashtags in Facebook posts and add your voice to the Twittersphere? Other great hashtags to use:
Want to use your fax machine? Write a personal message on this Empty Refrigerator and fax it to your Congress member today. It’s retro technology that works!
Executive Director of FRAC, Jim Weill, published this op ed in The Hill about not cutting SNAP in the Farm Bill – share it!
Local leaders Shelley Rotondo, of Northwest Harvest and Paul Benz, of Faith Action Network, published an op-ed against food stamp cuts in the Seattle Times on Saturday.
Want to know more?
Click here to read the latest data and analysis by the Children’s Alliance on food insecurity in Washington and nationally. The full USDA report is here.
On Wednesday, FRAC will be releasing new food hardship data – check out their website (www.frac.org) for information about Washington on Wed. 9/18.
We have been talking about the Farm Bill and cuts to SNAP for a long time – yet time is running out for Congress to take action this year. That’s why we count on you to help make sure they do the right thing and protect SNAP. THANK YOU for your continued advocacy on this hugely important issue.