Friday, July 12, 2013

What is Congress Thinking?

An Email from

"Earlier this week, the House of Representatives decided to proceed with the Farm Bill by splitting it into two separate pieces of legislation—a farm only bill, which would cover agriculture programs, and a nutrition bill. Today, the House passed the agriculture only bill. It remains to be seen what will happen with the nutrition bill, which would fund critical anti-hunger programs like SNAP and TEFAP.

What does this mean? It means passing a strong Farm Bill that ensures hungry Americans continue to have access to programs that help them put food on the table will be even more difficult. We expect this split is going to result in deeper cuts and harmful policy changes to SNAP when the nutrition portion of the bill is brought to the floor. That’s not right.

Lost amidst the partisan politics and political maneuverings is the fact that nearly 50 million Americans struggle with hunger, and a Farm Bill that doesn’t adequately fund programs like SNAP ignores and undermines that important fact. In short, it will lead to lost meals for struggling families.

What happens next is unclear. What we do know is the fight continues and we’ll need your help even more. In the meantime, we must keep the pressure on Congress. You can share your views by sending an e-mail to let your Members of Congress know that they must protect and strengthen anti-hunger programs as this process continues."

Check out these videos of people who need these programs.

For those of you that don't know my family is on SNAP benefits and I work 40 hours a week. This day and time we are still under the poverty level. I hate the way people judge those who are on SNAP. Please help by calling or emailing your members of Congress and letting them know that these programs are needed.