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 2016, SNAP lifted more than 3.5 million Americans above the poverty line, making it one of the government’s most effective anti-poverty tools.
SNAP exists within the farm bill, legislation that expires every five years. The current bill is set to expire on September 30, 2018, and work has been underway for many months to draft the next farm bill.
On June 21, 2018, the House passed a damaging farm bill which undermines SNAP by imposing new barriers that make it harder for people to access the support they need to eat an adequate, nutritious diet. In contrast, the draft Senate bill protects SNAP and strengthens the vulnerable Americans who rely on the program to help feed their families. We must urge our senators to support the bipartisan Senate bill and ensure SNAP is protected through the rest of the farm bill process.
Urge your Senators to protect SNAP and support the millions of Americans who utilize this critical anti-poverty program.