On November 1, 200 million meals were removed from the tables of hungry Americans as cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) took effect.
On December 4, Feed the Children and other organizations are standing to say “enough.”
Contrary to the giving spirit of the season, Congress is now considering a Farm Bill which will bring even more drastic cuts to our nation’s number one emergency response to hunger. These harsh cuts would weaken our nutrition safety net and push the boundary of food insecurity for a staggering number of Americans — including children — who don’t know where their next meal will come from.
Organizations like Feed the Children, while efficient and innovative, can’t feed everyone. SNAP and other federal nutrition programs deliver 23 times the amount of food assistance that private charities can deliver.
Is government always the answer? Of course not. But sometimes, non-government organizations need help. Food banks are stretched as demand has increased nearly 50% since 2006. And 34% of Americans now admit they have cut back on donations to churches and houses of worship. It’s a plain fact: federal programs play a crucial role in the fight against hunger.
Feed the Children believes the private and public sectors must join together in this time of severe need. To that end, we are working with members of Congress to protect SNAP while improving its efficiency and effectiveness.
These next few days on Capitol Hill will be critical for 47 million Americans who utilize SNAP to put food on the table.
And you can help.
- Contact your members of Congress at 1-800-826-3688. Not sure what to say? Here’s a place to start: As a constituent, I have strong concerns about the Farm Bill in Congress. I urge you to protect SNAP from more cuts. I understand the need to reduce the deficit, but increasing hunger is not the way to do it.
Here are some more ideas you can share with your members of Congress:
- I urge you to protect SNAP from additional harmful cuts.
- Cuts to SNAP in the Farm Bill will make it even more difficult for 4 to 6 million Americans to put food on their table.
- The proposed cuts to SNAP will have the greatest impact on children and seniors.
- Share this post with your social network, friends, and family and encourage them to join The Day of Action, too.
Further cuts to SNAP could be devastating. But it isn’t too late. Right now, at the start of this season of giving, you have the power to affect how Congress treats America’s hungriest people.
Will we allow more food to be taken from children who need it most, or will we make our voice heard?
Jayme Cloninger is Manager of Public Policy at Feed the Children.