The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (otherwise known as SNAP or food stamps) is a critical part of the safety net for low-income families.
Congress is debating renewing the program as part of the Farm Bill, and SNAP is in danger. Current proposals could throw 1 million people off the program, including 250,000 school children. Senior citizens could even be given work requirements. This is cruel -- everyone deserves the right to healthy food, no matter how rich or poor, or what ZIP code you live in. These cuts will disproportionately impact communities of color.
Senator Stabenow is the minority leader of the Agriculture Committee, and has immense influence over the fate of SNAP.
We're calling on Senator Stabenow to meet with progressive leaders and SNAP recipients in Michigan. She needs to hear our stories and build a strategy with us to protect SNAP. We need her leadership now more than ever.
Please see the letter below and sign on.
**The target of this sign on letter is organizational leaders.**
Letter closes COB April 27.
Sign on co-sponsored by Mothering Justice, MOSES and Michigan United
Honorable Senator Stabenow,
We are writing today to request a meeting with you as soon as possible to discuss the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
As you are certainly aware, SNAP is a critical program for low-income families across Michigan. We are concerned about the future of the program, and wish to ensure that SNAP continues to be fully funded in the upcoming Farm Bill.
We know your long-standing leadership on this issue is critical.
Our goal for the meeting is to have a strategic discussion about strengthening our safety netand increasing public support for SNAP, and to share with you our communities’ needs and priorities. We would also like to hear from you regarding the status of Farm Bill negotiations, and how civil society groups can best engage as advocates.
We appreciate your attention to this important matter and look forward to hearing from your team.