Food Assistance at Risk
Congress is debating proposals that could leave hundreds of thousands in Michigan, including children, seniors and veterans, without food assistance. U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., has a lead role in these debates and she needs to hear from you. The alternative to these harmful proposals is the bipartisan Senate Farm Bill agreement on SNAP. Please let Sen. Stabenow know that you support her efforts to pass the Senate version.
Two more ways to help:
- Tell us your story of how food assistance has helped you, your family, your clients or your community.
- Send a letter to the editor. If you haven’t done that before and want some guidance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see samples below. Please rewrite them in your own voice.
Sample letters to the editor:
Michigan families should not have to choose between paying their rent and feeding their children. That’s what could happen next year if harsh reductions in the food program called SNAP (formerly food stamps) are approved by Congress.
A conference committee is considering a U.S. House plan to cut nearly $40 billion over 10 years from food assistance. A more reasonable bipartisan plan passed by the U.S. Senate would be far less damaging.
These cuts are on top of Nov. 1 reductions in food assistance that were due to the expiration of modest increases passed during the recession.
SNAP is an effective anti-hunger program that does exactly what it is intended to do – helping more people in harsh times to combat poverty and unemployment. As economic times improve, the program will shrink. Cutting this vital lifeline now could jeopardize Michigan’s fragile economic recovery.
It’s sadly ironic that cuts to federal food assistance are on the table as we approach Thanksgiving. A U.S. House plan in conference committee would take away food from the hungry in Michigan at a time when unemployment is the fourth-highest in the country.
A House plan pushes states to cut food aid to entire families even where breadwinners are willing to work but cannot find jobs or training. And more than 200,000 childless adults (40 percent of them female) who live on an average of $2,500 a year would no longer receive help with nutrition even though they may want to work but can’t find jobs.
The bipartisan plan by the U.S. Senate also includes cuts but is far less damaging. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a key player in the conference, has been a champion for the hungry in Michigan. I urge her to please stand strong for people in Michigan who need this very basic and vital assistance.
We can’t afford to jeopardize Michigan’s fragile economic recovery by cutting food assistance – it’s bad for the economy and bad for people.
A proposed spending plan for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program known as SNAP would take away food from thousands of Michigan children, low-income elderly, those with disabilities, low-wage workers and veterans.
The U.S. House plan pushes states to cut food assistance to entire families even where breadwinners are willing to work but cannot find jobs or training. And more than 200,000 very low-income adults in Michigan (40 percent of them female) would no longer receive help with nutrition even as many remain jobless and live on an average of $2,500 a year.
These cuts come on top of $183 million reduction in Michigan in 2014 for food assistance as modest increases passed during the recession expire.
Congress needs to support this effective anti-hunger program to protect our fragile economic recovery and help families in Michigan.
Older action alerts
Protect SNAP from harsh cuts Sept. 5, 2013
U.S. Tax reform July 16, 2013