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House Budget Hurts Vulnerable Families in Missouri and Kansas

The House of Representatives passed a budget that would slash and restructure the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps) — leaving over 1.2 million people in Missouri and Kansas unable to afford needed food. What’s worse, it demands billions of dollars in additional cuts from agriculture and nutrition programs — putting at risk the programs that are the single biggest source of food for those in need who rely on soup kitchens and food pantries. Take action now to protect our hunger safety net.

Tell Congress Now: Don’t slash the hunger safety net!

SNAP is our nation’s first line of defense against hunger. More than 1.2 million Missouri and Kansas residents rely on SNAP to keep food on the table. The House Budget Resolution would cripple the program's ability to provide greater levels of assistance when inevitable economic downturns occur.

Emergency food is our last line of defense against hunger. When all other resources for securing food for themselves and their families have been exhausted, Missouri and Kansas residents rely on food pantries, soup kitchens or shelters. The House Budget Resolution demands $33.2 billion in additional cuts to agriculture and nutrition programs — putting the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and other critical nutrition programs at risk.

Missouri and Kansas’ emergency food network has already lost 800,000 meals this year as a result of cuts in TEFAP from the USDA. By cutting SNAP and TEFAP, the House Budget Resolution leaves us with no defense against hunger — and millions of vulnerable children, seniors and families with nowhere to turn.

Tell Congress: Don’t slash the hunger safety net!

If you have questions or you wish to be involved in this critically important effort to protect our nation’s nutrition programs please contact David Davenport, Chief Executive Officer, Second Harvest Community Food Bank at ddavenport@ourcommunityfoodbank.org.


Missouri Letter

Office of Senator Roy Blunt

US Senate
260 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5721
Fax: (202) 224-8149

Office of Senator Claire McCaskill
US Senate
Hart Senate Office Building, Ste. 506
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6154
Fax: (202) 228-6326

 

Dear ,

As someone who cares deeply about ensuring that the most vulnerable among us have enough to eat, I am alarmed by the dangerous cuts, caps and restructuring for anti-hunger programs in the House Budget Resolution. Please work to make sure these measures are not enacted in the final federal Fiscal Year 2013 budget.

Nationally, 45.3 million people – nearly 1 million in Missouri alone -- rely on the food stamp program (SNAP) to keep 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.

Cuts to SNAP will leave the emergency food network, already challenged to meet high levels of need with insufficient resources, ill-equipped to manage additional demand, and vulnerable children, seniors and families with nowhere to turn.

Decisions made in Washington directly affect the ability of low-income Americans to access food for themselves and their families. Please protect the food resources they depend on.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

Kansas Letter

Office of Senator Jerry Moran
US Senate
Russell Senate Office Building, Ste. 354
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6521
Fax: (202) 228-6966

Office of Senator Pat Roberts
US Senate
109 Hart Seante Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-4774
Fax: (202) 224-3514

Dear ,

As someone who cares deeply about ensuring that the most vulnerable among us have enough to eat, I am alarmed by the dangerous cuts, caps and restructuring for anti-hunger programs in the House Budget Resolution. Please work to make sure these measures are not enacted in the final federal Fiscal Year 2013 budget.

Nationally, 45.3 million people – over 300,000 in Kansas alone -- rely on the food stamp program (SNAP) to keep 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.

Cuts to SNAP will leave the emergency food network, already challenged to meet high levels of need with insufficient resources, ill-equipped to manage additional demand, and vulnerable children, seniors and families with nowhere to turn.

Decisions made in Washington directly affect the ability of low-income Americans to access food for themselves and their families. Please protect the food resources they depend on.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

Posted by David Davenport, CEO - Friday, 04/13/12, 09:37 AM - Comments - Category: Hunger Policy

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