Tell the Senate: America Depends on Our Nutrition Programs

12 March 2013

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nocutstosnap (1)Wednesday the Senate Budget Committee is set to consider proposals that would slash billions from our country’s nutrition programs—reducing funding that provides SNAP (food stamps) to over 47 million Americans, and completely eliminating the nutrition education program SNAP-Ed. As budget conversations continue over the next few days, a proposal on the table from Senator Roberts, to slash $36 billion, is expected to be the first of many misdirected attempts to balance the budget by literally taking healthy foods off of people’s plates. The proposed cuts could go even higher, if we don’t stand up for nutrition programs today.

On the heels of last week’s devastating sequester cuts, we can’t afford to sever one of the most important safety nets for our poorest families. Cutting nutrition programs won’t reduce poverty, stop children from going hungry or provide resources that improve diets.

Please make a call today to the Senate Budget Committee and tell them to protect SNAP and SNAP-Ed from any cuts —in Senator Roberts’ proposal, and in any future negotiations.

“Times are tough right now for millions of Americans,” Senator Roberts said when he introduced his bill—but cutting our nutrition programs won’t make things any easier. Today 15% of our nation lives below the poverty line, the highest proportion in a half century. They depend on SNAP, SNAP-Ed, and the emergency food assistance program for the resources, knowledge, and access to healthy foods that they need to prevent hunger and improve diets on tight budgets.

Talking Points for your call

  • Please protect SNAP and SNAP-Ed from any cuts in Senator Roberts’ proposed Improve Nutrition Program Integrity and Deficit Reduction Act, and in any future negotiations
  • On the heels of the devastating sequester cuts, we can’t afford to sever one of the most important safety nets for our poorest families. Cutting SNAP and SNAP Ed won’t reduce poverty, but it will take healthy foods off people’s plates
  • Under this bill, millions of eligible households would face significant reductions in critical nutrition assistance or lose nutrition benefits entirely
  • This bill would eliminate the SNAP nutrition education program that works effectively to improve low-income individuals nutrition knowledge and skills related to stretching food budgets, making healthy food choices, and preparing nutritious meals
  • SNAP-Ed helps make SNAP work. Evaluations show that SNAP-Ed boosts the intake of fruits and vegetables. In Pennsylvania, a SNAP-Ed School Nutrition initiative resulted in a 50% reduction in obesity among 4th and 5th graders

By protecting SNAP-Ed, we support programs like a Pennsylvania SNAP-Ed School Nutrition initiative that resulted in a 50% reduction in obesity among 4th and 5th graders. We support Harvest of the Month in Michigan and California, which links farmers, schools and grocery stores and increases the purchase and consumption of fruits and vegetables.

Click here to join CFJC, PHI, and nutrition advocates across the country. Make a call today to the Senate Budget Committee and tell them to protect SNAP and SNAP-Ed from any cuts—now and in future negotiations—and oppose Roberts’ proposal. (We’ve made it easy with phone numbers and suggested talking points.)

Thank you for your help.

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Y. Armando Nieto
Executive Director, Community Food and Justice Coalition

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