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Petitioning Senator Harry Reid and 1 other

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


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.

Letter to
Senator Harry Reid
Representative John Boehner
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 can’t 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 receive nutrition assistance, 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.

We urge you, as leaders of your respective chambers in the United States Congress, to restore funding for SNAP through the farm policy bills under consideration by the U.S. House and Senate. Our country will take a significant step backwards both socially and economically if Congress agrees to cut SNAP and millions of children go hungry as a result.