Today, I received the below message from the Coalition on Human Needs and the Every Child Matters Education Fund regarding a call to action for Tuesday June 18th 2013 to support and protect SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). Please read below for information and details about how you can participate:
From our friends at the Food Research and Action Center:
Take Action: Participate in National Call-In Day TOMORROW to Support and Protect SNAP in Farm Bill (Tuesday, June 18)
This week, the House is expected to take up its Farm Bill and we need your help protecting SNAP from proposed cuts — cuts that would cause 2 million individuals to lose their benefits entirely, 210,000 children to lose free school meals, and 850,000 households to see their benefits cut by an average $90 per month.
On Tuesday, June 18, join advocates from across the country and call your Member of Congress and urge him/her to support and protect SNAP.
1) Pick up the phone, dial 866-527-1087* and urge your Member of Congress to:
- Speak out in support of SNAP and against any cuts on the House floor.
- Vote NO on any harmful amendments to SNAP.
- Vote YES on any amendments to restore SNAP cuts or to strengthen the program.
- Vote NO on a Farm Bill that includes SNAP cuts.
2) Spread the word by sharing with your networks and on social media.
At a time when millions of families are still struggling to put food on the table, now is the time to protect and strengthen SNAP, not cut benefits for people and families in need.
These proposed cuts would come on top of an across-the-board benefit reduction affecting every SNAP recipient scheduled to occur on November 1, 2013, as the benefit boost provided in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) expires, resulting in a cut of approximately $25/month for a family of four.
For more information on the proposed cuts go to FRAC’s Legislative Action Center.
Remember to follow @fractweets for the latest on the Farm Bill and include #SNAPWorks, #SNAPChallenge, and #endhungernow in your tweets.
*Special thanks to our friends at Feeding America for providing their toll-free number.
SNAP influences the physical and emotional health of many of our clients so please consider spreading the word and letting your voice be heard!
Georgianna Dolan-Reilly, LMSW
SJS Staff Writer
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