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 nearly 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, our President must now decide whether or not to cut SNAP benefits by billions of dollars.
Fill out the form on the right to send an auto-generated
letter to President Obama telling him not to push us over the Hunger Cliff.
For more information, read the policy brief.
Please Reject 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 Agricultural Act of 2014 (commonly known as the Farm Bill) makes deep cuts to SNAP benefits that will create a new hardship for hundreds of thousands of low-income families already struggling to put food on the table. As someone who cares deeply about ensuring neighbors in need have enough to eat, I urge you to prevent these devastating cuts from happening and veto the Farm Bill.
Nationally, more than 47 million people, including almost 1.9 million in New York City, depend on SNAP to put food on the table. 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, more than 40 percent of SNAP recipients in New York City were turning to food pantries and soup kitchens for basic nutrition even before benefit cuts took effect. This November, sweeping cuts to SNAP benefits resulted in the loss, on average, of $29 per month for a household of three. In New York City alone, this cut will amount to an annual loss of 76 million meals over a year. The impact on emergency food providers was immediate: 85 percent of New York City food pantries and soup kitchens saw more people on their lines this past November than in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.As if the consequences of this cut are not sufficiently grave, the Agricultural Act of 2014 eliminates an additional $8.6 billion in SNAP benefits from the program. The bill's modest increase to the federal Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) cannot begin to close this gap.
Low-income families need you to act now to prevent these devastating cuts from happening. The decision you make will directly affect their ability to access food for themselves and their families. Please protect the food resources they depend on and veto this harmful legislation.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]