2018 Farm Bill Priorities

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Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. are in the midst of negotiating the 2018 Farm Bill, a massive piece of legislation that, among other things, provides structure and funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the cornerstone of our nation’s nutrition safety net. The Farm Bill is reauthorized by Congress about every five years—the current Farm Bill is due to expire at the end of September 2018.

Farm Bill State of Play

The first Farm Bill draft, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), was filed in the House of Representatives on April 12, 2018 and passed through the House Agriculture Committee on April 18, 2018. MAZON is deeply concerned that this legislation represents a fundamental and cruel shift in the reach and impact of SNAP, which would harm millions of Americans who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. 

On May 18, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass the Farm Bill, yet two months later, on June 21, the harmful House version passed on party lines, containing damaging and harmful cuts. Meanwhile, the Senate version, which is balanced and leaved the nutrition title relatively unimpacted, passed the Senate on June 28. The bill will now go to conference. The process in this Congress has departed from the bipartisan and cooperative manner that has guided past Farm Bills, resulting in more extreme policies that have been advanced by the House Agriculture Committee. It remains to be seen whether a short-term extension will be needed when the current law expires at the end of September.

Listen to MAZON's analysis of the draft 2018 Farm Bill:

MAZON's Farm Bill Priorities

We call on legislators to pass a Farm Bill that protects against hunger by strengthening SNAP and other federal nutrition assistance programs—not one that adds to the problem. We will continue to oppose any policies that hurt single mothers, children, military families, older Americans, rural communities and working people. 

Read MAZON's full 2018 Farm Bill Priorities here.

Take Action

We need you to join our nationwide effort to protect and strengthen SNAP in the 2018 Farm Bill—before it’s too late. Check out our Farm Bill Advocacy Toolkit.

MAZON invites Jewish clergy from across the nation to join our sign-on letter calling on lawmakers to protect SNAP.

Anyone can join MAZON in advocating to protect and strengthen critical nutrition assistance programs. Click here to take action.

Downloadable Resources

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Quick Facts About Hunger (pdf)
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Infographic - Hunger Stats (pdf)
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Infographic - SNAP (pdf)