Call Your Congressman Today to Protect Hungry Families from Cuts!
The House Agriculture Committee, Chaired by Rep. Frank D. Lucas, R-OK, will mark up and vote on their version of the Farm Bill today Wednesday, July 11th. The bill currently cuts $16.1 billion from SNAP, which is three times the cut in the Senate version of the bill. These proposed cuts would cause:
- two to three million individuals to lose their food assistance entirely;
- 500,000 households to see their benefits cut by $90 per month; and
- nearly 300,000 children to lose free school meals.
These cuts will hurt the most vulnerable among us as 93% of SNAP benefits go to households below the poverty line, and 76% of SNAP households include a child, elderly person, or disabled person. See the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities for their Analysis of the impact this version of the Farm Bill would have on low income families.
In Washington State, the proposed changes to categorical eligibility, LIHEAP and other provisions, would have devastating impacts on the progress our state has made in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our food stamp program.
Yesterday and today, Congressional champions are gathering with dozens of advocates and national stakeholder organizations to protest the proposed cuts and to discuss the impact of the cuts on low-income households. Join with our partners across the country today and flood the Congressional phone lines with calls opposing these detrimental cuts to SNAP, showing Congress that there is a constituency for ending hunger in America!
Use this toll-free number to call right now and urge Congress to oppose cuts to nutrition programs in the Farm Bill!
Dial 1-877-698-8228. When prompted, enter your zip code and listen to the brief instructions. You’ll then be patched through to your Representative’s office automatically. 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 SNAP and other nutrition assistance programs. Please vote against the proposed cuts to SNAP in the House Farm Bill.
Increasing hunger in America is the wrong vote.