The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) 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.
The House and the Senate each passed their own versions of the farm bill in June. The House farm bill 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 Senate bill protects SNAP, continuing to support the vulnerable Americans who rely on the program to help feed their families.
The two chambers of Congress are currently negotiating an agreement bill. This process, called conference, will occur over the next few months. As the House and Senate negotiate, it is imperative that members of Congress hear from their constituents about the importance of SNAP and support for the Senate’s bipartisan bill.
Urge your Representative and Senators to protect SNAP in the farm bill and support the millions of Americans who utilize this critical anti-poverty program.