Oregon Food Bank Action Alert on Farm Bill cuts to Food Stamps (Snap)

May 18, 2012 at 5:17 am Leave a comment

We are writing to today because the House Agriculture Committee is currently accepting comments on the upcoming reauthorization of the farm bill, the federal legislation that includes these programs. Please comment on the committee’s website today about the importance of two federal nutrition programs: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
Follow this link to voice your support for these key programs in the fight against hunger in the U.S. They will accept comments until Sunday, May 20th through this website.
The farm bill governs federal farm and food policy. If you care about hunger in the U.S., you might already know that the farm bill includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)—the program that provides U.S. Department of Agriculture foods to food banks across the country.  In 2012, Congress is scheduled to reauthorize the farm bill, starting in the Senate and House Agriculture Committees.
Together, SNAP and TEFAP help address the epidemic of hunger in the United States.  In Oregon, SNAP helps more than 800,000 of our friends and neighbors afford an adequate and nutritious diet so they can be healthy and have an opportunity to prosper.  Last year, TEFAP provided almost a quarter of the food distributed by the Oregon Food Bank Network.  Congress needs to hear from you that these programs need full funding and support.  Please submit comments to the House Agriculture Committee today…because no one should be hungry.
Please post your own comments or use this sample.  The more local and personal your comment is, the more impact it will have.
Sample comment:
All Americans deserve to be healthy and have the opportunity to prosper.  At a time of record need for emergency food assistance, two programs in the farm bill, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), must be strengthened and enhanced.  I am a supporter of the Oregon Food Bank Network, and its resources are stretched thin as they work to keep up with the high level of food insecurity in Oregon and Southwest Washington.  The charitable sector simply cannot make up for cuts to critical nutrition programs like SNAP and TEFAP.
Thank you always for your support,
Sarah Flynn
Public Policy Outreach Coordinator
Oregon Food Bank
sflynn@oregonfoodbank.org
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