The Senate Agriculture Committee is set to release its Farm Bill over the next several days and we need to make sure that their bill protects and strengthens critical hunger-relief programs. Additionally, we have learned that Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and John Garamendi (D-CA) are leading a “Special Order” on the floor of the House of Representatives tonight, April 17th, to oppose the House Budget cuts to food stamps/SNAP and other nutrition programs. This Special Order is a good opportunity to build public awareness and support for SNAP.
Millions of Americans all across the country are struggling to put food on the table. With unemployment expected to remain above 8 percent this year and long-term unemployment still at record highs, programs like food stamps/SNAP and TEFAP are more important than ever. Your Senators and Representatives need to hear from you TODAY. We hope you can take a moment to call and help us demonstrate how important hunger-relief programs are to your community.
Just dial 1-877-698-8228to be connected directly to your members of Congress. The system allows you to connect toll-free without hanging up the phone.
- Dial 1-877-698-8228. When prompted, enter your zip code and listen to the brief instructions. You’ll then be patched through to your first member of Congress automatically.
- Tell them that you are a constituent and state the name of the town you are calling from.
- Let them know you are calling about the Farm Bill and deliver these two important messages:
SNAP Message: I urge you to support food stamps/SNAP and oppose any proposals that would change SNAP’s structure or reduce funding, restrict eligibility or reduce benefits.
TEFAP Message: Please support strengthening funding for TEFAP, which is a critical source of food for food banks and the clients we serve. Spread the Word!
One call is not enough! Be sure to share our action alert with other local supporters. Post it on Facebook and Twitter. Help us show Congress that there is a constituency for ending hunger in America!
Director of Advocacy and Education