Over the last few months, you may have heard from Second Harvest regarding the Farm Bill and how crucial it is for food banks like us and the communities we serve. The Farm Bill comes up every 5 years for reauthorization. About 80% of it is funding and policy around SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), or food stamps. The majority of SNAP recipients are children, seniors and the disabled.
We are asking for you to make a quick call to let our Senators know how important it is to not reduce funding for the Farm Bill.
The U.S. Senate has their version of the Farm Bill and after working with Senators around the country, we are now in strong support of it. This version does not make any changes to the SNAP work requirements, nor does it reduce funding for TEFAP.
For every meal that Second Harvest provides, SNAP provides 12 – we cannot do this alone. It also includes TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) and subsidies for agriculture programs. TEFAP represents 20% of our annual distribution.
Today, I am asking that you help us make sure it passes in the U.S. Senate.
Join anti-hunger advocates across the country today and tell Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio to support the bipartisan Farm Bill and vote YES.
Call 1-888-398-8702, and enter your zip code to be connected with their offices. Here are some sample talking points:
- I am calling on behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank and live in Central Florida
- I urge the Senator to support the bipartisan Senate Farm Bill that ensures children, seniors and veterans can continue to get access to SNAP and won’t go hungry in our communities. I also urge him to make sure TEFAP is adequately funded.
We cannot turn our backs on the more than 614,000 food insecure children, seniors and veterans living in Central Florida. Your voice really does matter – please call your Senators today.