Protect SNAP food assistance for needy families

ACTION:  Demand food assistance support for families in need STAY in the Farm Bill

 

Last Thursday, June 21st, the House passed their version of the Farm Bill.  The Senate is working on its own Farm Bill, but unfortunately, the House bill adds complicated work requirements, and draconian penalties for non-compliance, for SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).  This would make it much more difficult for families in need, for senior citizens, and for disabled adults to receive this important support.  It would also have a larger impact on local communities suffering tough economic times, especially on communities whose residents who are between jobs or retraining for new jobs.

The good news is that the Senate version of Farm Bill does NOT add new requirements for SNAP recipients.  Today, please email (or call) our two Senators to urge them to protect SNAP in the Farm Bill legislation.

Email:

  • Sen. Maria Cantwell - https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form
  • Sen. Patty Murray - https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme

Don’t forget that you can leave voicemail for our Senators outside of office hours:

Phone:

  • Sen. Patty Murray - DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545
  • Sen. Maria Cantwell - DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400


EMAIL - touchpoints to consider including when emailing:
- 40 million Americans (12 percent of the U.S. population) receive nutritional support through SNAP
- Restricting access to SNAP hurts families in need who are in tough economic parts of the country, who have lost their primary household earner, or who have been subjected to hard times
- Reducing SNAP assistance hits poor economic areas of the U.S. worst
- More than 60% of SNAP recipients are children or 65+ age adults or adults with disabilities
- Local economies will be hit by SNAP reductions; according to a Dept. of Agriculture analysis, for every $1 spent on SNAP benefits, $1.79 was reinvested into the local economy


SAMPLE SCRIPT – when leaving voicemail by phone:

“My name is [NAME], and I am a constituent in [CITY,ZIP].  I am very concerned about the House Farm Bill that passed last week.  Changes to the SNAP program in this bill will deprive needy families of important nutritional support.  We need to ensure families in need continue to receive support through the SNAP program. Please ensure the Senate Bill does not change the SNAP program.  As a side note, I remain concerned about reuniting immigrant families with their children; please continue to work on their behalf.  Thank you.”

Background:  “U.S. House OKs Farm Bill With Major Food Stamps Changes,” New York Times, https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2018/06/21/us/politics/21reuters-usa-congress-farmbill.html

BONUS ACTION: 

While you are emailing or phoning, consider mentioning to our Senators that you’re still concerned about immigrant families that have been separated from their children, and that we must ensure these 2000-some children are reunited with their parents.  Thank you!


UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday Rally – Focus on Immigrant Families!  This week only, we will be meeting outside the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building at 12:10 (instead of our usual 11:45) on Tuesday, June 26 so we can march over and join a rally outside of the ICE Offices: https://www.facebook.com/events/1264501857018447/

Resist with us!  Weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting Tuesday, June 26 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council, all are welcome!  https://www.facebook.com/events/1657913504287897/