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Congress's Wrongheaded Approach to the Farm Bill

Adam 12/12/13

Washington state has taken smart steps to solve childhood hunger. When Congress eliminated food assistance for immigrant families, state lawmakers created the Food Assistance Program, which has helped connect tens of thousands of children with the food they need to thrive. Nearly 20 years after it was created, Washington lawmakers still support food assistance.

To fuel children’s success, state and federal lawmakers need to work together. That’s why Congress’s new Farm Bill is so troubling.

House and Senate negotiators are having a lengthy discussion about a new Farm Bill that could wreak enormous havoc on the household budgets of hundreds of thousands of Washington families. Before they’re done, they need to hear from us.

Both chambers of the U.S. Congress have proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as food stamps, within the Farm Bill.

This is poor policy.

SNAP makes sure that vulnerable children – one in four Washington children are at risk of hunger – can learn and succeed in school, while families can get back on their feet. Congress would hurt families who have already been pushed down twice: first by the slow recovery, then by the November cuts to SNAP, which reduced household food stamps spending to $1.40 per person per meal.

The Farm Bill’s cuts to SNAP could arrive as early as January. That’s no way to start the New Year.

For months, Washingtonians from all walks of life have been telling their elected representatives how important food stamps are to struggling families. More than 100 anti-hunger advocates from across the state, many of them doing heroic work to feed hungry people in their communities, have spoken up. More than 200 faith leaders have done the same. Those who have taken action know that charity can’t take the place of a smart federal anti-hunger strategy.

There’s still time to join them. Click here to tell Congress: no more cuts to food stamps!