U.S. Congress: Restore SNAP (food stamps) funding in U.S. House & Senate Farm Bills
  • Petitioned Sen. Harry Reid

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Sen. Harry Reid
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Rep. John Boehner

U.S. Congress: Restore SNAP (food stamps) funding in U.S. House & Senate Farm Bills

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      Voices for America's Children

Nutrition assistance programs supporting our nation’s most vulnerable families are under attack.  Funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) was reduced effective March 1, 2013 as a result of the federal sequester. WIC offers nutrition assistance to roughly 9 million low-income women and children.

Both the U.S. House and Senate are proposing to cut millions of dollars from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, through their respective five-year farm policy bills.

Our nation cannot afford congressional budget cuts to the food stamp program, in addition to the existing cuts to WIC. In 2012, SNAP helped nearly 47 million low-income Americans to purchase a nutritionally adequate diet in a typical month. The average SNAP household has a net monthly income of just $338. Nearly 72 percent of SNAP participants are in families with children. Without SNAP assistance, these kids are more likely to get sick and less likely to perform well in school because of hunger or malnutrition.

Not only do we have a moral obligation to ensure children in low-income households are adequately fed, there also is an economic benefit of investing in programs like SNAP. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, SNAP benefits are one of the fastest, most effective forms of economic stimulus because they get money into the economy quickly. Moody’s Analytics estimates that in a weak economy, every $1.00 in SNAP benefits spent generates about $1.70 in economic activity. Similarly, the Congressional Budget Office rated an increase in SNAP benefits as one of the two most cost-effective of all spending and tax options it examined for boosting growth and jobs in a weak economy.

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    • Melissa Silverman TUCSON, AZ
      • 9 months ago

      Myself & my family depend on these benefits for survival. I am disabled and what little we get as it is is not enough to have a healthy diet by any means. Cutting this program anymore is a cruel mission & it needs to be stopped. People's lives are hanging in the balance & our congress needs to recognize this.

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    • Rhonda Jacobs TAKOMA PARK, MD
      • 9 months ago

      If you suddenly found yourself on food stamps, what would you want?

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    • Barbara Herbig LEXINGTON PARK, MD
      • 9 months ago

      Nutrition for families, especially those with food allergies is very important when EBT not offered through ecommerce.

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    • lori brobst VALLEY VIEW, PA
      • 9 months ago

      i am single parent living on disabilty i went from 385 in food stamps to 157 .. we are starving

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    • Nadine Hibbert MOUNT CLARE, WV
      • 10 months ago

      It was there for me when I needed it 15 years ago. Now it needs to be there for others who NEED IT NOW!

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