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Urge Your Member of Congress to Defend SNAP!

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) provides basic food assistance for low-income families to combat hunger, food insecurity, and poverty. In 2015, SNAP lifted 4.6 million Americans above the poverty line. SNAP is also incredibly effective and efficient, reaching our country’s most vulnerable .

Despite this, the House Budget Committee’s fiscal year 2018 budget resolution recommends dramatic cuts to the program that would directly harm millions of Americans. The Committee’s proposal would cut SNAP by $150 billion, a more than 20 percent reduction in the program’s funding.

Urge your member of Congress to defend SNAP and support the millions of Americans who utilize the program.

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  • Background

    Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) is a vital program that helps mitigate hunger and food insecurity for millions of people. The program’s benefits are widespread. 45 million Americans utilized SNAP in 2015, with about 93 percent of SNAP spending going to households with income below the federal poverty line, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).

    SNAP assists millions of people who would be devastated if not for SNAP funding. Almost 70 percent of SNAP participants are in families with at least one child, and more than a quarter from families with someone who is elderly or has a disability. Cuts to SNAP would directly impact some of our country’s most vulnerable, forcing impossible choices and unjust living conditions.

    The House Budget Committee’s budget proposal would directly harm SNAP’s ability to provide for those in greatest need. SNAP already operates as a highly efficient program, with over 93% of SNAP dollars going to food benefits. The program is designed to expand and contract as poverty increases and decreases, which has led to SNAP costs declining as the economy has recovered in recent years.

    Jewish Values

    Jewish tradition 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)

    More Information

    For more on this issue, visit the RAC’s hunger page, or check out the RACBlog. You can also contact Eisendrath Legislative Assistant Nathan Bennett at (202) 387-2800.