This week, the Senate will take up the Farm Bill, with a final vote in the coming weeks. During this time, the Senate will consider amendments and debate the bill passed by the Senate Agriculture Committee, which contained $4.49 Billion in cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, CalFresh in CA and formerly the Food Stamp Program). As a result, we have a critical window to get our message across before a final vote on the Senate floor.
Senator Gillibrand (D-NY) is currently working on getting cosponsors for an amendment that would restore the $4.49 billion cut to SNAP. We also expect amendments that would make deeper cuts to SNAP.
Call Your Senators Today!
Help us track our impact by using our toll-free hotline. This system allows you to connect with both of your senators without hanging up the phone.
- Call our toll-free hotline at 877-698-8228.
- Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
- You will then be connected to your first Senator. Deliver this message:As your constituent, I urge you to protect hunger-relief programs in the Farm Bill. Specifically, I ask that you support Senator Gillibrand’s efforts to restore the cuts to SNAP and oppose any amendments that would weaken SNAP and other hunger-relief programs.
- You will then be connected to your second Senator; deliver the same message to him or her.
Remember, this is just the next step in what will likely be a long and complicated process before final passage of the Farm Bill. We’ll need your help to weigh-in again within the next couple of weeks as the Farm Bill moves through the House of Representatives. The pressure for deep cuts to SNAP is even greater in the House.
Save the Date!
On June 18 Feeding America will host a Virtual Town Hall. Join us for an important discussion with key Members of Congress about the next steps in the Farm Bill and what we need to do to protect and strengthen hunger-relief programs. To join the Virtual Town Hall, register here. (Time and additional details will be announced shortly.)
Want to do more?
Spread the word through social media. Use these sample posts to get the message out.
The Senate is currently debating the next Farm Bill, which provides funding for our nation’s hunger-relief and nutrition programs. Tell your Senators we need a strong Farm Bill that protects and strengthens these vital programs. Please call 877-698-8228, enter your zip code, and deliver this message:
“As your constituent, I urge you to protect the hunger-relief programs in the Farm Bill. Specifically, I ask that you support Senator Gillibrand’s efforts to restore the cuts to SNAP and oppose any amendments that would weaken hunger-relief programs such as SNAP.”
Click like if you made your calls!
No congressional district is free from food hardship. http://bit.ly/KwPBXj
The SNAP Effect: fighting hunger and lifting people out of poverty. http://bit.ly/nUvvWq #SNAPworks
Higher SNAP benefits b/c of ARRA reduced hunger in low-income families’ households. http://bit.ly/ishuXi #SNAPworks
Nearly half of SNAP participants are children under the age of 18 (47%). http://1.usa.gov/M4ufQ6
The average SNAP household has an income of only 57 percent of the federal poverty guideline. http://1.usa.gov/M4ufQ6
84 percent of all SNAP benefits go to households with a child, senior, or disabled person. http://1.usa.gov/M4ufQ6