Call members of Congress TODAY to protect SNAP!

April 12th, 2018|Action of the Day|0 Comments
Congress is expected to act quickly on a new Farm Bill, which could include significant changes to SNAP (formerly Food Stamps). The proposed changes would expand work requirements to include older Americans (ages 50-64), make it harder for states to feed people in times of high unemployment, and re-impose asset limits that create barriers to participation and a disincentive to save.

What you can do

  • Call your US congressman and two senators TODAY and request that SNAP be protected from these harmful changes! As always, be sure to leave your city and zip code so your elected officials know you are a constituent.

Sen. Orrin Hatch (202) 224-5251 (DC) // (801) 524-4380 (SLC) // (801) 375-7881 (Provo) // (435) 634-1795 (St. George) // (801) 625-5672 (Ogden) // (435) 586-8435 (Cedar City)
Sen. Mike Lee 202-224-5444 (DC) // 801-524-5933 (SLC) // 435-628-5514 (St. George) // 801-392-9633 (Ogden)
Rep. Rob Bishop
 (Congressional District 1): 202-225-0453 (DC) // 801-625-0107 (Ogden)
Rep. Chris Stewart (Congressional District 2): 202-225-9730 (DC) // 801-364-5550 (SLC) // 435-627-1500 (St. George)
Rep. John Curtis (Congressional District 3): (202) 225-7751 (DC) // (801) 851-2500 (Provo)
Rep. Mia Love (Congressional District 4): (202) 225-3011 (DC) // 801-996-8729 (West Jordan)

Suggested Talking Points

  • Harmful cuts and changes to SNAP jeopardize the historically bipartisan nature of the Farm Bill and make it harder for working families – including people of color and persons with disabilities – to put food on the table.
  • Not only do the proposed changes to SNAP harm the 41 million Americans who rely on food assistance from the program, but also would negatively impact the retail industry — the nation’s largest employer — and therefore have harmful consequences across the nation.
  • Despite its effectiveness, House leaders want to impose stricter time limits on SNAP benefits for those looking for work, families with children, and older Americans. This will hit communities of color the hardest; African American, Hispanic, and Native households are more likely to face long-term unemployment than white households.
  • The current Farm Bill perpetuates myths about SNAP and work, when in truth the majority of SNAP recipients who can work already do. Even worse, these policies reinforce racist stereotypes that have continually denied communities of color full participation in the American economy.
  • In 2016, SNAP (formerly, Food Stamps) helped 13 million African Americans and 10 million Hispanics put food on the table each month.
  • SNAP is critical to lifting millions of Americans out of poverty.
  • Share why this issue is important to you. Do you have a story about how SNAP impacts your family? Share it!

[Modified from RESULTS]

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