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Support SNAP Provisions in Federal Budget

 Take action now to tell Congress to keep SNAP strong. Add your name to the petition below to let Congress know that you support SNAP and call on them to oppose budget proposals that would result in increased hunger in America.


Background

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is a vital program that helps mitigate hunger and food insecurity for millions of people: 92% of SNAP benefits go to households that have incomes below the poverty line, which encompasses millions of working poor families. SNAP also provides 46 million people with food each month. In 2013, SNAP lifted 4.8 million Americans – including 2.1 million children – out of poverty and helped over 46 million low-income Americans afford a nutritionally adequate diet around the end of 2014, evidencing the program’s effectiveness. By providing very low income people with desperately needed assistance, SNAP reduces hunger and food insecurity for many Americans.

Jewish Values

The Torah and Jewish tradition are explicit in the command that we feed the hungry and help eradicate hunger from our society. Leviticus 23:22 tells us, "And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap all the way to the edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest; you shall leave them for the poor and the stranger. I the Eternal am your God." In Isaiah 58:7, God commands us to "share [our] bread with the hungry and bring the homeless into [our] house."

Our Jewish tradition further teaches us that we must fight hunger not individually, but rather by working together as a community. The Talmud explains that each Jewish community must establish a public fund to provide food for the hungry, and our sages explain that feeding the hungry is one of our most important responsibilities on earth: "When you are asked in the world to come, ‘What was your work?’ and you answer: ‘I fed the hungry,’ you will be told: ‘This is the gate of the Lord, enter into it, you who have fed the hungry’" (Midrash to Psalm 118:17)

Take action now and tell your Members of Congress to support SNAP!

 Take action now to tell Congress to keep SNAP strong. Add your name to the petition below which will let Congress know that you support SNAP, not ill-considered budget proposals that would increase hunger in America.