Our country's first line of defense against hunger—food
stamps (SNAP)—is under the greatest threat seen in decades.
More than 47 million Americans — including 1.9 million New Yorkers — rely on food stamps to put food on
the table. Many struggle to stretch their SNAP dollars to the end of the month, and turn to food pantries and soup kitchens when they can't.
Instead of strengthening the anti-hunger safety net, actions
by Congress could cut food stamps and worsen hunger.
Fill out the form on the right to send an auto-generated
letter to your senators and representative (determined by your address) telling them not to push us over the Hunger Cliff.
For more information, read the policy brief.
ACT NOW! Protect New Yorkers from Devastating Food Stamp Cuts!
Dear [Decision Maker],
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps) is the nation's first line of defense against hunger. The decisions before you this year will determine whether cuts to SNAP will create a new hardship for low-income New Yorkers, and plunge New York City off a looming Hunger Cliff. As someone who cares deeply about ensuring fellow New Yorkers have enough to eat, I urge you to work with your colleagues in Washington to strengthen SNAP and prevent these devastating cuts from happening.
Nationally, more than 47 million people, including about 1.9 million in New York City, depend on SNAP to put food on the table. However, many struggle to stretch their SNAP dollars to last the month and turn to food pantries and soup kitchens when they can't. In fact, nearly one in three New York City residents (2.6 million) struggles to afford food, and approximately 1.4 million depend on food pantries and soup kitchens for basic nutrition. This November, sweeping cuts to SNAP benefits will take effect, resulting in the loss, on average, of $20-25 per month for a household of three. In New York City alone, this cut will amount to nearly $15 million per month, or an annual loss of 60 million meals. As if the consequences of this cut are not sufficiently grave, both House and Senate Farm Bill proposals threaten deeper cuts to SNAP -- up to $21 billion more.These SNAP cuts will leave the emergency food network, already challenged to meet high levels of need with insufficient resources, ill-equipped to manage additional demand. Vulnerable children, seniors and families will be left with nowhere to turn.
November is fast approaching and low-income families need you to act now to prevent these devastating cuts from happening. The decisions you and your colleagues make will directly affect the ability of low-income New Yorkers to access food for themselves and their families. Please protect the food resources they depend on and strengthen our hunger safety net.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]