Monday, September 9, 2013

Help Protect PA's Children, Youth and Families!

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a critical life line for Pennsylvania's children, youth and families. In July, 43 percent of Pennsylvanians receiving SNAP benefits were children and youth. Nearly a quarter of a million of the Commonwealth's infants and children under the age of five benefited from the SNAP Program.

The safety net for this state's fragile children and families is already frayed. Now is not the time to launch another attack on an important building block to a child's health, safety and school readiness - good nutrition.

Families are already bracing for a reduction in SNAP benefits this fall as a result of an expiring provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). And then there is the squeeze of sequestration. 

Even as families struggle, U.S. House leaders are prepping another assault on SNAP - this time in the form of a $40 billion (double what was rejected back in June) cut woven into benign sounding talking points. 

Remind Congress that now is the time to stand on the side of children and families. 

Add your name to a letter by clicking here. Please join in this effort by noon, September 10th.  Congress is expected to act as soon as September 11th or 12th on this $40 billion cut.

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