Contact your senators and ask them to oppose block granting the food stamp program.

May 11, 2011 at 1:41 am Leave a comment

From the Oregon Food Bank:
Please email your U.S. Senators today and tell them to oppose a proposal to block grant SNAP.
Update:
On April 22, the House of Representatives passed a 2012 budget proposed by Budget Committee Chair Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).  Oregon congressmen Blumenauer, DeFazio, Schrader and Wu voted against the proposal.  Rep. Walden voted in favor.
The Ryan budget would hurt several programs that Oregon Food Bank supports if passed by the both the House and the Senate. Most concerning to Oregon Food Bank is a proposal to turn the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP—formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) into a block grant.
Now the U.S. Senate is also considering a proposal to block grant SNAP.
Currently, funding for SNAP expands and contracts based on need, so that no one who qualifies for help is turned away. Converting SNAP to a block grant is unacceptable:
  • Block grants provide a fixed amount of funding.
  • Fixed funding could reduce food benefits and create waiting lists for families in need.
  • SNAP funding shortages would be most likely when nutrition assistance is needed most: during economic downturns and after natural disasters.
  • SNAP block grant funds would be turned over to each state. States could misuse the dollars and shift them away from food assistance to other programs.

Take Action:

Please contact Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley today. Tell them:
  • During the recession, SNAP has proven to be both desperately needed and highly effective.
  • Fundamentally weakening SNAP is unacceptable.
  • I urge you to oppose block granting SNAP.
  • Our nation’s nutrition safety net must remain strong so it can continue to aid those in need.

>> Click here to email your senators now

Many thanks for your support,
Sarah Flynn
Public Policy Outreach Coordinator
Oregon Food Bank
sflynn@oregonfoodbank.org
“Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free.” –14th Dalai Lama
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