Help MomsRising to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)! Tens of thousands of you raised your voices and told Congress “Hands off SNAP!” — and your voices are being heard! Members of Congress, like Rep. Jim McGovern, gave passionate speeches on the floor of the House after hearing from their constituents about the need for SNAP.  Here’s the lowdown: Last week both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed different budgets—each included billions in dollars of cuts to SNAP, despite the fact that one in five kids in the U.S. rely on SNAP for their meals.  So, now it’s time to raise our voices even louder for families! Legislators are calling us to ask how many people have signed on to this open letter. And the more people that sign on, the bigger the impact we’ll have together. It’s time to pump up the volume. It’s a critical moment to mobilize families in support of SNAP!
Dear Member of Congress,
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is one of the strongest tools our country has in combating hunger and poverty. I strongly urge you to reject current proposals to make massive funding cuts to SNAP. In addition, I ask that you vote against any measures that would restrict access to the program for qualifying individuals or change the successful structure of the program, including block granting and allowing states to shift funds away from food assistance to other purposes.
Forty-six million people—including one in five children, the elderly, and people with disabilities—rely on SNAP to feed themselves each day. Cutting funding or changing the structure of SNAP puts millions of our children and families at serious risk.
Moreover, a 2013 USDA study found that SNAP is a key public benefit program, which also serves as an economic stimulus, creating an economic boost that ripples through the economy when new SNAP benefits are redeemed.
I hope you will stand up for our economy and families who are struggling to feed their children by protecting SNAP and rejecting any funding cuts or structural changes to the program.