week, the Senate passed a Farm Bill that preserves the structure of the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) but cuts $4.5 billion
from the program. Unfortunately, we can expect to see even deeper cuts
to SNAP in the House version of the bill which will be discussed in
committee next week. Read more...
Thank you to each of you who
called on Senators Cantwell and Murray to support the Gillibrand
amendment that would have restored the billions of dollars cut from
SNAP. Your calls were not in vain-we can be proud of our senators who
voted for the amendment and therefore advocated for the protection of
Washington's low-income families.
We ask you to please take a moment to do two things:
Please call or email Senator Patty Murray and Senator Maria
Cantwell, thanking them for their support of SA 2156, the Gillibrand
amendment. Senator Murray co-sponsored this amendment, taking a brave
stand to be a leader on an otherwise highly contentious issue.
contact your U.S. Representative and ask them to protect and strengthen
SNAP in the Farm Bill. You can personalize the following message:
name is ___________. I live in your district and work/volunteer at the
______________ (food bank/meal program.) I am calling about the Farm
Bill. We hear stories on the news that our economy is recovering but we
don't see that at our program. The lines of clients are long, their need
is deep, and cuts to SNAP will only increase that need. Food stamps,
unlike food banks, generate economic activity because they are used to
buy food in stores, allowing grocers, farmers, transport, and warehouse
businesses to create jobs. Food stamps keep families healthy so they can
work and go to school while meeting the most basic of needs. I am proud of the work that my program does to feed the hungry, but we can't meet the need alone-we need a partnership between charitable giving and public assistance. Protect families-protect and strengthen SNAP.