The House Agriculture Committee released their version of the Farm Bill last week and revealed alarming proposed cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps). Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is deeply concerned with the devastating damage the legislation could do to our community for years to come.
SNAP puts food into the hands of 765,000 Central Floridians every day, and cuts will result in an overwhelming burden to food banks like ours. We depend on programs like SNAP to provide 12 meals for every 1 meal we provide to the community – we cannot do this alone.
Needless to say, these proposed cuts to SNAP are unacceptable and they take aim at some of the most effective programs to fight hunger in America. We cannot turn our backs on children, seniors and others in our community. Decreasing funding for this program is WRONG.
In addition, if the proposed cuts take place, $100 million will disappear annually from Central Florida. We need your help to act immediately and voice your opposition to the Farm Bill by calling your Representative and telling them that slashing funding for SNAP will be disastrous.
Sample talking points to tell your Representative to vote NO:
- I am calling on behalf of Second Harvest Food Bank and live in Central Florida which the Representative serves.
- I am deeply concerned about the Farm Bill released by the House. The cuts to SNAP will put unnecessary work time limits and restrictions on eligibility, resulting in longer lines at our feeding partners that serve hungry people.
- This bill will take food away from the most vulnerable in our community and will make it more difficult for them to find a job.
- Our food bank will not be able to meet the increased need for food that these proposed SNAP cuts will create. It will increase hunger in my community.
- I am asking you to reach out to House Leadership and encourage them to work on a bipartisan bill that protects and strengthens nutrition programs like SNAP.
Volusia/Flagler East Orange/Seminole
Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07)
Brevard/Indian River South Orange/Osceola/Polk
Rep. Bill Posey (FL-08) Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09)
Downtown/West Orange/Lake West Orange/Lake
Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) Rep. Daniel Webster (FL-11)
You can also tune in on Tuesday, April 17, as Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida hosts a Facebook Live discussion of the proposed Farm Bill at 2:15 p.m. Set a reminder to join the conversation.