Funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is yet again on the chopping block as Congress attempts to pass a final Farm Bill. A cut to SNAP now would come on top of a benefit cut that just took place on November 1, which has left the average SNAP benefit at less than $1.40 per meal. SNAP is among the most effective anti-poverty programs, keeping 5 million people out of poverty in 2012.
SNAP matters to neighbors in every community in the country, and Half in Ten is asking you to send a strong message to Congress that you won't stand for more hunger and food insecurity through cuts to SNAP.
The program also benefits our economy-every $5 in new spending on SNAP generates $9 in economic activity. The $40 billion cut that the House passed in its nutrition-only Farm Bill would be devastating to families struggling with hunger as well as to the national economy-translating into 55,000 job losses in the first year alone.
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