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The House Agriculture Committee pushed its version of a new Farm Bill out of committee. It now awaits a vote by the full House. Unfortunately, the measure includes a number harmful cuts to federal nutrition programs that would have a significant negative impact on the people served by Harvesters' network.
We need your help to act immediately to voice your opposition to the bill’s cuts by calling your Congressional Representative.
You can call Feeding America's toll-free number 1-888-398-8702. This number will allow you to connect directly with your member of Congress.
Please use the following talking points when leaving a message for your Representative:
I am deeply concerned about the Farm Bill approved by the House Agriculture Committee. The bill’s severe cuts to the SNAP program through burdensome and unnecessary work time limits and restrictions on eligibility will lengthen the lines at pantries, soup kitchens, and other sites in our community that serve hungry people.
The bill takes away food from families, children and seniors and uses that money to create a large, unproven job tracking and training bureaucracy.
I am asking to vote against this bill and instead, work together to approve a bipartisan bill that protects and strengthens this vital program and other nutrition programs like TEFAP and CSFP.
Summary of key proposals:
Take SNAP away from low-income working people with children, exacerbate the cliff effect when they increase their earnings, and eliminate their children’s direct connection to free school meals.
Slash benefits for SNAP households struggling to “heat and eat” (i.e. to pay for both utilities and food.
Expand the number of people subject to time-limited SNAP benefits by adding unemployed and underemployed parents with children above the age of six and adults up to age 60 (currently age 50), and shortening the time limit to only one month of benefits (currently 3 months).
Increase authorized funding levels for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and provide authorization for storage and distribution at the same level as the last Farm Bill.
Reauthorize the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which provides food to low-income seniors nationwide each year.
Increase funding for the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grants to encourage additional purchase of fruits, vegetables, and milk by SNAP participants.
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