Unemployment remains high, and children are among the hardest hit. As parents nationwide struggle to find and keep jobs, more families are relying on food assistance just to put food on the table.
Over half of all households receiving food stamps have children, yet Congress may now take away these meals from our neediest. The congressional “super committee” in the coming months will cut trillions from government spending, and some members would cut vital support to the nation’s children in order to protect tax cuts for the wealthy.
But with your help we can make sure that integral programs like food stamps are protected. Sign on to our petition and tell Congress: As millions remain jobless, protect food aid for children!
Over half of all households receiving help from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) have children. In the current economic downturn, the number of families receiving assistance is on the rise: as people can't find jobs to support their families, they put food on the table using food stamps.
As a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction you have the opportunity to make sure that this country’s children do not go hungry while unemployment remains high. Please work with your colleagues on this committee to prioritize food stamps and other programs that help support kids and their families -- these programs are critical to the country's economic recovery.
It’s clear that as families struggle to find and keep employment, they depend more on food assistance. And small wonder: According to a report on the recession by the USDA, low-income families have to spend 36 percent of their income to keep food on the table, compared to just 7 percent for well-off families.
Please urge your colleagues on the super committee to prioritize programs proven to help children living in poverty and to let the tax cuts for the wealthy expire.
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