Tell Congress: Families Rely on SNAP. Protect SNAP and SNAP-Ed!

August 13, 2018

Federal legislators are home for summer break, but that won't stop efforts to push for a Farm Bill that could take food away from thousands of working families.

Legislators are already working in committee to come up with a final version of the bill, including proposals for SNAP (food stamps) and SNAP-Ed, the nutrition education component to the bill.  Some of the proposals being considered cut up to $40 billion in SNAP funding and would impose harsh work requirements that penalize families who need SNAP to make ends meet. Many people who rely on SNAP have at least one person in the family working. And a majority of families with kids who rely on SNAP are bringing home wages. The problem is, those wages aren't enough to actually live on.

It's urgent we reach out to California committee members now and tell them to protect SNAP and SNAP-Ed.

Tweet or call your legislators and tell them these programs help keep food on the table and are important to the health of thousands of hardworking families in California. Urge them to say NO to work requirements and to protect SNAP and SNAP-Ed from cuts.

We've made it simple. Click the text below to tweet to California Farm Bill conferees. Not on Twitter? Give them a call in their home district offices.

 

 Jim Costa, 16th Congressional District

 

Jeff Denham, 10th Congressional District

 

Ed Royce, 39th Congressional District

 

Maxine Waters, 43rd Congressional District

 

   

Here are a few more sample tweets:

  • In 2015, #SNAP — known as CalFresh in California — helped move roughly 800,000 Californians out of poverty, according to the California Poverty Measure (CPM). Tell congress to support #SNAP and #SNAPEd! @phidotorg
  • #SNAP provides food assistance to an estimated 4 million Californians each month—many of them working. Work requirements for SNAP would hurt the most vulnerable. Tell your legislator not to cut #SNAP or #SNAPEd.

 

Call your legislator

Ready to pick up the phone? Since SNAP and SNAP-Ed are federal programs, members often want to know more about what the program really looks like, who it serves, and if it is making an impact for their constituents. Here is a sample script to get you started:

Start by introducing yourself to your congressperson or staff member who answers the phone. Let them know you are a constituent.Tell them: 

  • Please vote no on work requirements for SNAP. Many people who rely on SNAP have at least one person in the family working, And most families with kids who rely on SNAP are bringing home wages. The problem is, those wages aren't enough to actually live on.
  • SNAP and SNAP-Ed are good for Californians and their communities. In 2015, SNAP moved roughly 800,000 Californians out of poverty, and provides food assistance to an estimated 4 million Californians each month. Limiting SNAP benefits and eligibility would increase hunger among our most vulnerable: children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities.
  • Please don’t penalize families who are already working by taking away the SNAP benefits they need to make ends meet. SNAP and SNAP-Ed help put healthy food on the table.