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Urge Congressional Leaders to include SNAP in the next COVID-19 relief package! Join #SNAPMatters Tweetstorm 3 -4 PM TODAY!

We have an important action alert for you today, from 3-4 PM EST. #SNAP Matters Twitterstorm!

  • Please join MLRI, the Food Bank of WMass, Empath, CBPP, Feeding America, FRAC and other state and national partners for a tweetstorm TODAY (4/22) from 3-4 PM EST to amplify the need to increase SNAP benefits by 15 percent to help families and the economy. We’ll be using the hashtag #SNAPMatters.
  • Our national partners have put together a toolkit for your social media this afternoon, which you can access  HERE.
  • Below are excellent talking points from the Food Bank of WMass.  
  • And remember, MA has an amazing, progressive and compassionate Congressional Delegation. The entire MA House Delegation signed onto the McGovern/Pressley/Fudge/DeLauro letter of April 6thPlease reach out to family and friends in sister states!
 
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From: Advocacy Team – The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts <communications@foodbankwma.org>
 
 

Access to SNAP benefits is even more critical at this time.

 

Help protect and expand SNAP benefits

in next COVID-19 relief bill

Friends,

We are living through scary, unprecedented times. More than 22 million people nationwide have filed for unemployment benefits in the past month. To put that in perspective, during the Great Recession of 2008-2009, eight million jobs were lost over a two-year period.

Congress has enacted three aid packages so far to help with this crisis. These have included important protections like expanded unemployment insurance and some extra money for SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps). However, these measures aren’t enough to help the growing number of people impacted, and Food Banks and other charitable organizations will not be able to make up the difference because for every meal that food banks provide, SNAP provides nine.

Food banks are already facing challenges that will make serving longer lines difficult: sharp declines in the amount of food donated by our retail partners due to depleted supplies, decreasing numbers of volunteers, and increased costs associated with shifting delivery models.

 

TAKE ACTION TO HELP NEIGHBORS RECEIVE SNAP

Today, Wednesday, April 22 is a National Day of Action to Boost SNAP benefits in the next COVID-19 relief package that Congress is currently debating. 

Contact your Senators and Representatives (call, email, tag on social media) and urge them to include expanded SNAP benefits in the next COVID-19 package.

Ask them to include these SNAP priorities in the next COVID-19 relief bill:

  1. boost SNAP maximum benefits by 15 percent.
  2. increase the minimum SNAP benefit from $16 to $30.
  3. suspend all SNAP administrative rules that would terminate or cut benefits.  

Use these talking points:

  • SNAP is this nation’s first line of defense against hunger and one of the most efficient ways to boost local economies.
  • The Congressional Budget Office and Moody’s Analytics rate SNAP as one of the most effective supports during economic downturns. That money goes straight to our local community – to the small business that sells the fruit and vegetables or the corner store where you grab some milk on your way home.
  • For every meal that food banks, food pantries, and meals sites provide, SNAP provides nine.
  • SNAP has the ability to rapidly connect critical resources to individuals in need of nutrition assistance. The program acts as an economic stimulus in local communities and puts funding into the local economy.
  • The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts can’t work alone in providing the support our community needs during this critical time. We need an increase in SNAP to help with the increased demand.

Join the twitter storm!

Join FRAC, Feeding America, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), and the Center for American Progress (CAP) for a Twitterstorm TODAY from 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT as part of the Day of Action. 

Sample tweet: On Wed, 4/22 @3PM EDT, join @fractweets, our national partners and other advocates for a Day of Action Twitterstorm urging Congress and the Administration to boost SNAP benefits and help families put food on the table during #COVID19. 

Include the White House in your Tweets and outreach. 

Questions? Contact lauras@foodbankwma.org 

Thank you for your advocacy!

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The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts believes that everyone has the right to healthy food, regardless of their circumstances. We provide individuals facing hunger with the food they need to survive and lead communities towards long-term solutions to hunger in our region. Serving Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire Counties, The Food Bank is the leading provider of emergency food that reaches households with lower incomes in the region. We are committed to feeding our neighbors in need and leading the community to end hunger. 

 
 

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