The House version of the 2018 Farm Bill, which passed by just 2 votes, would tighten eligibility requirements for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Project, formerly known as Food Stamps) so much that, according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate, some 400,000 households would lose eligibility and put kids in need at risk for receiving free and reduced-price school meals. This at a time when the rate of food hardship is increasing.
The Senate version of the Farm Bill, which passed by much bigger margin and bipartisan support, protects this efficient, proven program to lift families out of poverty while supporting work and bolstering local economies.
Reconciliation of the two bills is happening now and the House conferee’s have now been named. Make your voice heard to the conferees to help keep food on the table of some of our nation and state’s most vulnerable families.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
- Use the handsoffsnap.org toolkit to urge the House’s conferees to adopt the Senate SNAP provisions.
Check out this SNAP data sheet for important facts and messaging.