Anti-hunger programs, like SNAP, aid families trying to bridge the gap between something and nothing on their table. Almost 50 million Americans will rely on SNAP this year and half of all American children will depend on SNAP for a meal before age 20. Widespread food insecurity is one of the many problems we face as a nation and now is the time to protect and strengthen anti-hunger programs.
The Farm Bill, which has historically set much of U.S. food, agriculture, and anti-hunger policy, is currently making its way through Congress. The House has already passed the bill, which includes $8.6 billion in cuts to SNAP. The Senate will likely vote this week on the same bill.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was already cut by $5 billion on November 1, 2013. Further cuts will have even more damaging effects on the most vulnerable, as families with a child, senior, or person with a disability make up nearly 90% of SNAP recipients.
The Torah and Jewish tradition are explicit in the command that we feed the hungry and address hunger in our society. Contact your Members of Congress and urge them to protect and strengthen SNAP in Farm Bill negotiations and to reject any cuts or amendments that weaken our country’s flagship nutrition program.