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URGENT: Please Call Your Massachusetts Member of Congress TODAY - Protect and Defend SNAP!

If have time for ONE phone call to your Member of Congress today, this is it !
 
Funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps—a vital support for low-income families and children, that lifted 4 million people out of poverty in 2012—is yet again on the chopping block.  Nearly 500,000 low income households in Massachusetts currently receive SNAP benefits - which helps close to 900,000 individuals who are predominantly seniors, persons with disabilities, minor children and their parents.  They need your support TODAY!
 
The House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday, September 19th, on a nutrition-only farm bill, which would cut $40 billion from SNAP over the next 10 years, causing at least 4 million to 6 million vulnerable individuals to lose their food assistance, including 210,000 kids who will lose their school meals. These cuts would come on top of a SNAP benefit cut (the ARRA sunset) that will affect all SNAP participants beginning November 1, 2013.

The nutrition-only farm bill would be devastating to Massachusetts households struggling with hunger as well as to the national economy—translating into about 1.5 billion lost meals for hungry families in the U.S. each year for the next 10 years, and 55,000 job losses in the first year alone. We can’t let that happen. 

We need your help to send a strong message to ALL Members of Congress - including the wonderful Massachusetts Delegation.  THANK THEM for their historic support of the SNAP program.  Ask them to stay strong and to urge their House Republican colleagues to "stop playing politics with hunger." (See LA Times article below)       Take action today to stand with low-income families working to put food on the table. If you have time for another call, please reach out to family and friends in other states to contact their Member of Congress!
 
More resources: 
 
News article about 30 years of bi-partisan support on SNAP  from the Center for American Progress.
LA Times Op Ed from Bob Dole and Tom Daschle showing bi-partisan support for SNAP, Stop Playing Politics with Hunger
Log into the Half in Ten Coalition eblasts. 
Check out this great Infographic; Stop Slashing SNAP
 
REMINDER:  Next Boston Food SNAP Coalition Meeting, Tuesday, September 24th from 10 to Noon, St Francis House in Boston.