To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate
No cuts to SNAP (Food Stamps)
We demand that Congress cease playing political “hunger games” that hurt vulnerable families, children, and local communities. Vote against any cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps).
Why is this important?
House Republicans have a plan to cut SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as the food stamp program), by at least $40 billion over ten years, affecting up to 6 million hungry families—including children, seniors and veterans..
The plan to vote on these life-threatening cuts in the coming days.
The new House proposal is harsh, and continues the attack on working families and poor people by the GOP.
Their scheme would deny SNAP to at least 4 million to 6 million low-income people — including some of the nation’s most destitute adults — as well as to many low-income children, seniors, and families that work for low wages. The people the proposal would cut off SNAP include but are not limited to:
2 million to 4 million poor, unemployed, childless adults who live in areas of high unemployment — a group that has average income of only 22 percent of the poverty line (about $2,500 a year for a single individual) and for whom SNAP is, in most cases, the only government assistance they receive;
1.8 million people, mostly low-income working families and low-income seniors, who have gross incomes or assets modestly above the federal SNAP limits but disposable income — the income that a family actually has available to spend on food and other needs — below the poverty line in most cases, often because of high rent or child care costs. Some 210,000 children in these families also would lose free school meals;
Other poor, unemployed parents who want to work but cannot find a job or an opening in a training program — along with their children, other than infants.
We demand that Congress cease playing political “hunger games” that hurt vulnerable families, children, and local communities. Instead, Congress should close corporate tax loopholes and make large companies such as Apple, General Electric and Verizon pay their fair share of federal taxes.
Please sign our petition to stop the cuts of food to our most vulnerable neighbors.
As former Vice-President Hubert Humphrey said, “The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped.