We need you to be the voice of the voiceless.
In early August, the Senate and House passed legislation that cut funding for future SNAP / Food Stamp benefits to pay for state Medicaid and teacher retention relief. Now the Senate has passed a Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill that would result in future cuts of $14 billion to SNAP. We are asking that you urge your Congressperson to oppose raiding the SNAP fund to pay for other programs.
Below is a sample letter that you can modify to address your own representative personally. If you are not sure who your member of Congress is, you can refer to http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml.
I am writing to urge you to speak out against the provisions of the Senate-passed Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation that cut future SNAP/ Food Stamp benefits to pay for other programs.
While I recognize that you have many priorities, the Senate bill will increase – not reduce – hunger and likely will harm the overall quality of low-income people’s diets. It is important to have a Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill that ensures that our children have access to healthier food in school, child care and out-of-school time programs but it is unacceptable to pursue these goals by cutting lifeline benefits for the poorest households in America with 40 million SNAP beneficiaries – more than half of them children. I am writing to you on behalf of the families who are not likely to speak for themselves but who need you to represent their interests and, ultimately, the interests of our nation that prides itself on its commitment to human rights and dignity.
I am aware that the House will adjourn in less than two weeks. Within that time, you have an opportunity to speak in favor of, and vote for, H.R. 5504 which makes key improvements in access to and the quality of nutrition in the nation’s child nutrition programs, but also assures that the House does not fund such steps forward by cutting the SNAP program that is the nation’s first-line defense against hunger and food insecurity. Please put this on the top of your legislative priorities.
Thank you for your attention to and consideration of this matter.
Very truly yours,