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As you have all likely heard, last week, the House of Representatives decided to proceed with the Farm Bill by splitting it into two separate pieces of legislation—a farm only bill, which would cover agriculture programs, and a nutrition bill. It remains to be seen what will happen with the nutrition bill, which would fund critical anti-hunger programs like food stamps/SNAP and TEFAP.
What does this mean? It means passing a strong Farm Bill that ensures hungry Americans continue to have access to programs that help them put food on the table will be even more difficult. We expect this split is going to result in deeper cuts and harmful policy changes to food stamps when the nutrition portion of the bill is brought to the floor. That’s not right.
Lost amidst the partisan politics and political maneuverings is the fact that nearly 50 million Americans struggle with hunger, and a Farm Bill that doesn’t adequately fund programs like food stamps ignores and undermines that important fact. In short, it will lead to lost meals for struggling families.
What happens next is unclear. What we do know is the fight continues and we’ll need your help even more. In the meantime, we must keep the pressure on Congress. You can share your views by sending an e-mail to let your Members of Congress know that they must protect and strengthen anti-hunger programs as this process continues.
If you are interested in learning more about the vote, there's a great summary in this article.
Stay tuned—we’ll need your voice as we continue to fight for a strong Farm Bill. And thanks so much again for everything you do.