Please Protect Hunger Relief Programs in the Farm Bill
As Congress considers how to
proceed on the Farm Bill in 2013, I urge you to oppose cutting the Supplemental
Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and invest in the Emergency Food Assistance
Program (TEFAP). I understand the need to balance the budget, but we must do it
in a way that reflects our values as a nation. Asking hungry families to bear
the burden of reducing the deficit does not reflect those values.
I know Congress is
considering how to balance the budget, but cutting programs that help low-income
Americans put food on the table is the wrong way to reduce our nation's
deficit. While food banks, churches, and pantries are doing great work in our
community, charity alone cannot meet the need for food assistance.
You have an opportunity to
make a real difference in the lives of hungry Americans. As Congress considers
how to pass a new Farm Bill and reduce our national debt, Congress must protect
and strengthen hunger-relief programs like the Emergency Food Assistance Program
(TEFAP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). With
unemployment still high and many Americans struggling to make ends meet,
Congress cannot cut the programs that are helping many of our neighbors put food
on the table. Given the associated healthcare, educational, and economic costs
of hunger and poor nutrition, these cuts are short-sighted and costly in the
As your constituent, I ask
that you remember the families who are struggling in our state and remain
committed to protecting programs that are a lifeline for hungry Americans.
Please protect and invest in TEFAP, SNAP, and other hunger-relief programs.
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