Fifty-one (51) Massachusetts organizations have currently signed onto the national coalition letter in opposition to funding cuts and block granting of SNAP. THANK YOU MASSACHUSETTS !!! Below is a list of the 51 Massachusetts organizations. Follow these FRAC links for the letter text, updates on groups on already, sign on information, and backgroundon the FY 2012 Budget.
The organizational signature deadline is EXTENDED! FRAC will continue to collect signatures through May 25th! If your organization signed on but you are not on this list, please contact FRAC directly.(Follow the links, or go to www.frac.org.
Update from the Food Research Action Center (FRAC) on federal SNAP cuts:
Mark ups of the FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill in the House and hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill in the Senate are scheduled for later this month; Senate action on the FY 2012 Budget Resolution is still pending. Anti-hunger advocates and allies are pushing back on the House-passed FY 2012 Budget Resolution, which proposes to block grant and cut funding for SNAP by $127 billion over ten years.
Action steps: Urge Members of Congress to oppose any legislation or proposals that would change the basic structure of, or slash funding for SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, Medicare, and other investments that help Americans to be economically secure. Members must reject these extreme proposals--they would weaken federal protections for those Americans with the greatest needs and harm the society as a whole.
Legal Momemtum issues report: House Food Stamp Proposal Poses Grave Threat to Single Mothers and Their Children
A new report from Legal Momentum finds that the House of Representatives' proposal to reform Food Stamps/SNAP would severely diminish the program's availability in the wake of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.
As welfare reform did to cash assistance back in 1996, the House proposal would convert SNAP to a block grant, cap federal SNAP funding, and weaken or repeal the program's national standards. The SNAP program currently aids over 44 million persons in over 20 million low income households. Half of these households include children. A majority are families headed by single mothers.
Food Stamps/SNAP provided a safety net as the Great Recession wrecked havoc on many American families. From the beginning of the recession in December 2007 to February 2011, the SNAP caseload increased 61% because Americans depend on the program as a safety net to fall back on in difficult economic times. The House's proposal threatens to cut aid to Americans who need it most.
The full report is available at www.legalmomentum.org/our-work/women-and-poverty/resources--publications/house-food-stamps.html
FRAC Anti-SNAP Block Grant Organizational Sign on Letter – May 2011
African Community Health Initiatives
Amherst Survival Center
Bay State Child Care Food Program
Bedford Youth & Family Services
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Boston Living Center
Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee
CC Family Life Center
Community Action, Inc.
Community Action of the Franklin and N. Quabbig Region
Congregation Beth Israel
Congregation Dorshei Tzedek
Family Economic Initiative
Food Bank of Western Massachusetts
Greater Boston Food Bank
Hunger Outreach Team at Worcester State University
Immigrant Service Providers Group/Health
Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Boston
Latinos Unidos en Massachusetts (LUMA)
MA YouthBuild Coalition
Mass Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Organization
Mass Law Reform Institute
Massachusetts Association for Community Action
Massachusetts Citizens for Children
Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition
Worcester, Mass. Mayor
Minuteman Senior Services
National Association of Social Workers-Massachusetts
New England Farmers Union
Northampton Survival Center
Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
One Family, Inc.
Open Pantry Emergency Food Pantry
Partners for a Healthier Community, Inc.
Plymouth AIDS Support Services
Poor Peoples United Fund
Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger
Rape Crisis Center of Central Massachusetts
Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters MA
Springfield Partners for Community Action
St. Francis House
The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts
The Open Door
Tifereth Israel Congregation
Tri-City Community Action Program, Inc.
Worcester County Food Bank
Worcester Food and Active Living Policy Council