Two steps to making a difference.

1. Join a nationwide SNAP Call-In day, today, September 17, to urge House members to vote NO.
2. Join a nationwide effort to raise attention in social media to the SNAP cuts.

The impact on Hollister, and all the other communities and people in our county, is felt more severely because we are a small county and do not have “extra” resources to make up for the loss that this Farm Bill will create. We hope you will find this Farm Bill Alert (and other information we’ll be providing) educational and inspiring.

Will you consider taking action on the two steps suggested below?


FARM BILL ALERT

Take Action to Oppose SNAP Cuts!

This week, the House of Representatives will vote on a Farm Bill proposal that will cut $40 billion from SNAP. The cut would translate into about 1.5 billion lost meals for hungry families every year for the next 10 years. This is on top of the looming benefit reductions that will impact all SNAP participants starting in November 2013.

Take Action!

1. Join a nationwide SNAP Call-In Day today, Tuesday, September 17 to urge House members to vote NO on the House Republican Leadership’s nutrition-only Farm Bill (The Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act) that cuts $40 billion from SNAP. The House is expected to vote on the bill later this week.

Call-In Number: 866-456-8824
Message: I urge you to vote NO on the House Republican Leadership’s nutrition-only Farm Bill to cut $40 billion from SNAP. This will will increase hunger for struggling Californians, and our food bank cannot fill the gap.

2. Join a nationwide effort to raise attention in social media to the SNAP cuts and why we should be “mad as hell” about them. You can participate by:
Using FRAC’s model tweets (Word Document) to share facts about the impact of SNAP cuts.
Share FRAC’s op-ed on your Facebook page, and note how SNAP cuts will impact your audience.
Post the op-ed on your blog, and share it with your members.

Source: California Association of Food Banks

Mary Anne Hughes is Executive Director, Community Food Bank of San Benito County.

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