Dear Member of the U.S. Congress:
It’s a shocking fact that nearly one in five children live in households that can’t consistently afford enough food.
Proposed cuts to SNAP would bump nearly two million people out of the program. Guess who would be hardest hit by this move? Working families with kids and older Americans. And as many as 210,000 children would also lose access to free school lunches and breakfasts because eligibility for those meals is tied to their family's receipt of food-stamp benefits. This is unacceptable. SNAP is a critical program for families struggling to make ends meet!
Congress should not balance the budget on the backs of kids! There’s too much to lose. Please protect and strengthen SNAP.
Help urge Congress to protect SNAP!
Your message to friends:
I just urged members of the U.S. Congress to protect SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
Will you join me? SNAP provides critical support to families and children in need. Together, we're a strong voice for women and families! Take action here: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/support_SNAP/?referring_akid=4366.2046659.z8xbD8&source=taf Thank you! --Karen P.S. More info in the email below from MomsRising *************Forwarded Email Below****************** Dear Friend, Hunger does not discriminate. Take, for instance, Lorraine. A mother of two young girls ages 4 and 7, Lorraine had fallen on some hard times when the company that employed her folded. She couldn’t find a job and couldn't pay her bills. She was able to feed her daughters thanks to SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. Lorraine isn't alone in her struggle. Raising a family is costly. At a time when women comprise the majority of minimum wage workers, a recent Gallup poll suggests that a family of four needs nearly $60,000 a year to stay financially afloat.  Families on SNAP earn much less than $60,000 a year. In fact, in order to qualify for SNAP food assistance, a family of four can make no more than $23,550 a year.  Without SNAP, many families would have to choose between eating and paying an essential bill, like rent. But SNAP is in trouble. Some in Congress are proposing severe cuts to SNAP even though it's proven to be a critically important bridge for families and for our economy. Join us in urging Congress to protect SNAP: http://action.momsrising.org/sign/support_SNAP?referring_akid=4366.2046659.z8xbD8&source=taf SNAP bridges the gap caused by unemployment, low wages, retirement, divorce or the death of the primary provider, providing food assistance that can help a mother feed her children, at least until she can recover from her circumstances. Last year, it helped feed over 47 million Americans.  Yet, some in Congress want to cut this safety net! We cannot stand by and let families fall through the cracks. Moms and dads must stand up for all families and tell Congress to do the right thing! http://action.momsrising.org/sign/support_SNAP?referring_akid=4366.2046659.z8xbD8&source=taf The current proposed cuts to SNAP would take away 14 meals per month for a family of four, meals that the Food Plan states should only cost $1.70 to $2 per meal . That’s a severe loss for families, particularly in light of the very low amount of basic SNAP benefits. "My marriage ended around the same time as the recession hit. The publications I wrote for closed down or ran out of funding. I suddenly became the unemployed single mami of two girls, ages 4 and 7. These are tough times, and I learned the hard way that pride doesn’t put a warm meal on the table." - Lorraine, Florida How grim are these proposed cuts to SNAP? If the entire Staten Island population went nine months without eating, then it would still fall short of the meals lost in New York City alone under the planned bill.  Congress should not balance the budget on the backs of families! There’s too much to lose. Here’s why: * SNAP is a critical economic security program for families during economic downturns. It reaches the neediest and most vulnerable people in our country. About 83 percent of SNAP households have a gross income at or below 100 percent of the poverty guideline ($19,090 for a family of three in 2012). And about 72 percent of SNAP recipients live in households with children. * SNAP prevents child hunger, fights poverty and improves health. SNAP lifted 3.9 million Americans above the poverty line in 2011, including 1.7 million children and 280,000 seniors. Extensive research shows that SNAP improves dietary intake and health, especially among children, and with lasting effects. * SNAP benefits create markets, economic growth and jobs in urban and rural communities – at grocers, farmers’ markets, military commissaries, manufacturers and farms. And each $1 billion reduction in SNAP eliminates 13,718 jobs. Use your voice to tell Congress these cuts are unacceptable! Tell Congress to do the right thing, the responsible thing, for children and families facing economic hardship. http://action.momsrising.org/sign/support_SNAP?referring_akid=4366.2046659.z8xbD8&source=taf Families will lose if we don’t rise up and send a message to Congress now that the proposed severe cuts to SNAP are unacceptable. United our voices can make a difference, Migdalia, Monifa, Karen, dream, Anayah and the rest of the MomsRising Team  Americans Say Family of Four Needs Nearly $60K to "Get By", Lydia Saad. http://www.gallup.com/poll/162587/americans-say-family-four-needs-nearly-60k.aspx  Chart Book: SNAP Helps Struggling Families Put Food on the Table. http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3744  SNAP Benefits Will Be Cut for All Participants in November 2013, Stacy Dean and Dottie Rosenbaum http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=3899  Be Our Guest: Congress must not stamp out Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Domenic Recchia, Jr. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/guest-stamp-hunger-keeping-snap-program-article-1.1374209#ixzz2WU87Hv2U  US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Research and Analysis. (2012). Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2011. http://www.fns.usda.gov/ORA/menu/Published/SNAP/FILES/Participation/2011Characteristics.pdf  U.S. Census Bureau. (2012). Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage: 2011. Webinar. http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/pdf/20120912_ip_%20slides_noplotpoints.pdf  Hartline-Grafton, Heather. (2012). SNAP and Public Health: The Role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Improving the Health and Well‐Being of Americans. Food Research and Action Center.  Thompson, Jeffrey, and Garrett-Peltier, Heidi. (2012). The Economic Consequences of Cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Center for American Progress. http://www.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/issues/2012/03/pdf/snap_report.pdf
Add a short note (optional, up to 500 characters):