Update on the Farm Bill: January 2014

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For three years, we’ve fought to ensure that the Farm Bill protects hunger-relief programs and advances our mission of a hunger-free America.

Your voice made a difference. Your support helped us defeat proposal after proposal to deepen the cuts to hunger relief programs like SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as Food Stamps).

Today, the House of Representatives has approved the Farm Bill by a vote of 251-166, with 15 members not voting.  The bill passed with 89 Democratic votes and 162 Republican votes. The Senate is expected to vote on the Farm Bill next week.

Though the final bill includes more than $8 billion in cuts to SNAP, it increases funds for emergency food for food banks, called TEFAP, by $205 million. The cuts to SNAP would cause an estimated 850,000 low-income households across 15 states and the District of Columbia to lose an average $90 in monthly benefits. This is on top of the $11 billion cut to benefits impacting every SNAP household that took place last November.

While we cannot fully support the Farm Bill agreement because of the cuts to SNAP, we also recognize that failure to pass this bill does not ensure a better outcome for SNAP and the low-income families it serves. In fact, if this bill fails, hunger-relief programs could be put in further jeopardy and face new threats.

We will keep you updated about what happens next. In the meantime, you can help us raise awareness about the importance of hunger-relief programs by sharing real stories of Americans who depend on SNAP by emailing those stories to advocacy@acfb.org.

Thank you for sharing our vision of a hunger-free America; please continue the great work.