The House and Senate Farm Bill conference committee has begun to negotiate the 2018 Farm Bill, working to reconcile two greatly
different versions of the bill. The House version of the bill slashes programs
for low income Americans who use food assistance by changing the structure of eligibility
and expanding work requirements, making them more punitive to people struggling
to find work.
The Farm Bill is a crucial opportunity to protect food assistance
programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which allows
low income people access to buying food at grocery stores and greenmarkets, and
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) which supports the work of food
banks across the country.
Stand up for food assistance and send a message to decision makers in Washington
to reject any cuts to anti-hunger programs in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Protect Anti-Hunger Programs in the 2018 Farm Bill
Dear [Decision Maker],
I urge you to support a Farm Bill that protects food resources for low income people, and reject any legislation that would take food assistance away from low income people in America.
In the coming weeks, a House and Senate conference committee will be working to reconcile two versions of the Farm Bill. As your constituent, I urge you to support a version of the Farm Bill that protects SNAP and invests in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which supports food banks across the country. SNAP and TEFAP work together to fight hunger. 40 million people in America rely on SNAP to provide needed food for themselves and their family. When SNAP is not enough, people turn to food pantries and soup kitchens in the emergency food network across the county. Almost one in five meals distributed by all local hunger-relief agencies in 2017 was moved, stored, and served because of TEFAP. It is urgent that you work to protect both SNAP and TEFAP in the 2018 Farm Bill as it comes out of committee this September and beyond.
The Farm Bill is an opportunity for Washington to support our neighbors who use SNAP and TEFAP. I urge you to stand up for a Farm Bill that works to fight hunger in every community by opposing any legislation that would take an ax to the federal anti-hunger safety net.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]
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