Wednesday, December 5, 2012

What Can You Do to Help Protect Food Stamps?

I just recently posted a blog post for the organization I am working for, the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, and since this is so important I wanted to share it with all of you. Please call your legislators ASAP - this is SO important for SO many Washington families! 

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program, otherwise known as food stamps, is on the cutting block in the fiscal cliff discussion. This is a crucial time and your legislators need to hear from YOU about how important this program is to sustaining the lives of many Washingtonians. The Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Coalition states that over 1 million Washingtonians rely on food stamps and that if the Farm Bill passes in its current state, then the monthly food budget of at least 234,000 homes in WA will decrease by $90 and 80,000 homes will be ineligible for the program.
The Food Resource and Action Center (FRAC) commented that it is very important to contact your legislators NOW because if the Farm Bill, which includes our nation’s food stamp program, becomes part of a larger legislative package, it will be much harder to convince legislators to vote against it.  To contact your legislators, simply call the Legislative Hotline and they will connect you to your legislator’s office: (202) 224-3121.  You can also write your legislator an email. If you are not sure who your legislators are,  you can find out on the Washington State Legislature Page.
Here are some sample messages you can use from FRAC when contacting your legislators. Make sure to educate your representatives on the impact this bill would have on WA families (see above details).
“Over time, spending money to reduce hunger in America is a good investment. It more than pays for itself because it reduces long-term social costs such as the problems hungry children have in school and the health problems of people who don’t eat properly.”
“The food stamp program is working for the most vulnerable people in our nation. It is the country’s first line of defense against hunger, and cutting help for this most basic human need would be immoral.”
Make the call today, your representatives want to hear from YOU!

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