In a victory
in the fight against hunger, Congress voted to STOP the House Farm Bill last
Friday. However, Congress Member Donovan
voted FOR this harmful bill.
THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER. WE STILL
NEED YOUR VOICE.
leaders are attempting to re-consider the Farm Bill in another vote soon. TAKE ACTION to express your outrage that Rep.
Donovan voted for a bill that would take meals off the plates of neighbors in
need, including children, seniors, and veterans – and urge him to stand up for
what is right.
TELL REP. DONOVAN YOU EXPECT HIM TO DO BETTER
Don't Slash Hunger-Fighting Programs
Dear [Decision Maker],
As your constituent, I urge you to reconsider your recent vote in H.R. 2, the Agriculture & Nutrition Act of 2018. I am deeply concerned about the cuts and changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) proposed in this Farm Bill, which were made more harmful in the amendment process. This bill takes an axe to SNAP and will harm people with limited income who rely on this program to afford essential food for their survival. On Staten Island alone, SNAP helps 13% of residents (over 63,000 people) with basic nutrition needs.
The majority of SNAP benefits go to families with children - in fact, SNAP helps 1 in 4 children in the US receive an adequate diet. But SNAP also helps people who are trying to get back on their feet, including those seeking work, recovering from addiction, and survivors of domestic abuse. SNAP already has work requirements, and most SNAP recipients who can work, do. H.R. 2 shows no compassion for people who are struggling, rather it proposes to take away essential food as quickly as one month after someone has completed job training or addiction treatment even as they are seeking work.
H.R. 2 not only takes food away from people in need, it takes dollars away from the local economy. Currently, SNAP provides more than $130 million in federal dollars annually to your district for low-income residents to purchase the food they need from local grocers and farmers' markets. But for every meal H.R. 2 takes from the plates of those with little, it increases spending on bureaucracy. In fact, the bill will increase administrative costs by $15 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. H.R. 2 is bad for this for your constituents, and is bad for this country. I urge you to take a stand for what is right for our community and vote no on H.R. 2.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]