Dave Krepcho (President/CEO of Second Harvest), Karen Broussard (VP of Agency Relations for Second Harvest), and I attended the Feeding America Policy Conference held in Washington DC late last month. The entire conference had such an electric vibe! Meeting with other anti-hunger advocates from across the country was an empowering experience and we’re ready to fight for a strong Farm Bill. The proposed cut would be devastating to people in need.
After finishing the conference, we headed to the Hill to meet with our Central Florida Congressional Delegation and continued to advocate for a strong Farm Bill with adequate funding for nutrition programs, like SNAP, TEFAP and other commodities. A strong Farm Bill is crucial to the communities we serve that need programs like SNAP to provide additional nutritional food to their diets.
For every $1 in SNAP benefits, there is an additional $1.80 of economic impact to the community. For example, 2017 saw an estimated $96.1 million of SNAP issuance per month. The estimated economic impact to Central Florida for 2017 is $173 million that go towards small businesses, grocery retailers, corner stores, farmers markets and more. If the proposed cuts are passed, Central Florida would have seen an estimated annual loss of $51 million for 2017. This could have drastic repercussions for local small businesses that rely on SNAP dollars to run their companies.
Thank you to Reps. Darren Soto, Stephanie Murphy, Val Demings, Daniel Webster, Bill Posey, Ron DeSantis, Senator Marco Rubio and staff for meeting with us to make sure SNAP keeps putting food back into the hands of the 765,000 most vulnerable Central Floridians. Want to get involved with the Second Harvest Advocacy team? Sign up for updates at www.feedhopenow.org/advocacy