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This week, the House of Representatives will vote on a Farm Bill proposal that will cut $40 billion from Food Stamps (now called SNAP). The cut would translate into about 1.5 billion lost meals for hungry families every year for the next 10 years. This is on top of the benefit reductions that will impact all SNAP participants starting in November 2013 - cuts that will already reduce the food budget for a family of 4 by $36 a month. These combined cuts would lead to more lost meals than the nation's entire food bank network distributes in a year. Increasing hunger in America is not the way to help families get back on their feet or balance our nation's budget. (Watch our video to learn more about the Farm Bill, these cuts and what you can do--this was from earlier this morning as Jon gave a quick rundown for our staff.)
We must send a strong message to Congress. Join our National Call in Day, TODAY, September 17th, and help us flood the phone lines in Congress by urging your members of Congress to oppose the bill and mobilizing your local supporters to do the same!
Calling Congress is easy. Here's how:
- Call our toll-free hotline at 866-456-8824, text ADVOCATE to 27722 or use our online tool to find your Representative.
- Listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when asked. Once you are connected to your Representative, state that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from. Be sure to give the name of the food bank or local agency you are affiliated with.
- Let them know you are calling about the Farm Bill and deliver this important message:
As your constituent and [supporter/employee] of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, I am asking you to vote against the House Farm Bill proposal to cut $40 billion from SNAP. This bill will be devastating to struggling Americans, and our food bank cannot fill the gap. I understand the need to reduce the deficit, but increasing hunger is not the way to do it. These cuts will hurt our neighbors and our community. Please support Georgia families and oppose this bill.
- Recruit others by spreading the word through your social media channels.
Thanks so much again for everything you do to help Georgia families!