While the Senate has worked to create a bipartisan bill that protects SNAP, the Senate version of the Farm Bill fails to make all of the investments necessary to truly reduce hunger and food insecurity in our communities. In particular, the level of investment in TEFAP falls short of those provided in the 2014 Farm Bill. TEFAP, The Emergency Food Assistance Program, provides nutritious food to food banks across the country and is some of the most nutritious food we distribute. TEFAP is available to struggling families that don’t qualify for SNAP, like seniors who have modest Social Security income and hardworking families struggling to make ends meet. This lack of reinvestment represents a missed opportunity to prioritize food assistance to Americans in need.
Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives voted down their harmful version of the Farm Bill. But, they'll be voting again tomorrow, and we need your help. Please, take action now and remind your representative that their vote should reflect their constituents' values – and in this country, we won't stand for abandoning people facing hunger.
The House wants to take an ax to SNAP which will end up hurting those that need our help the most, like children, seniors, and veterans. Working in concert with partner agencies like soup kitchens, food pantries, and local food banks, SNAP plays an important role in helping combat hunger in America and helping people through rough patches so that they can feed their family while working and getting back on their feet.