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How to Use Social Media to Create Public Dialogue Around the Farm Bill

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Public dialogue can create public pressure, and raising your voice is critical to avoiding cuts that will take food off the tables of families who most need it. We must encourage members that food assistance is not a political football. 

If your member of Congress is on the House Agriculture Committee, tag them in a tweet or message them on Facebook in the next several days leading up to Wednesday’s committee vote on the farm bill. Below are sample tweets and Facebook posts, as well as a chart of links to members' accounts.

Sample Tweets:

Dear @RepX, Cuts to SNAP & Food Aid in the #FarmBill  would increase poverty & hunger. Please do the right thing #BreadActs

Dear @RepX Please be a hunger champion & do the right thing.  Protect SNAP & food aid funding in #FarmBill #BreadActs

Sample Facebook:

I am counting on your continued leadership for people who are poor and hungry. Please oppose cuts to SNAP and food aid in the upcoming farm bill vote.

As a person of faith, I believe that budgets are moral documents and must not be balanced on the backs of the poor.  Please be a leader and oppose cuts to SNAP and Food Aid in the farm bill.

 

Below is a list of 15 committee members we feel are key leaders that could be champions for food assistance programs in the farm bill.

Representative FB

Twitter Profile

State

Rep. Peterson

No profile

MN

Rep. Baca

@RepJoeBaca

CA

Rep. Holden

@RepTimHolden

PA

Rep. McIntyre

@RepMikeMcIntyre

NC

Rep. Boswell

@LeonardBoswell

IA

Rep. Costa

@RepJimCosta

CA

Rep. Cuellar

@RepCuellar

TX

Rep. Welch

No profile

VT

Rep. Walz

@Tim_Walz

MN

Rep. Scott

@repdavidscott

GA

Rep. Cardoza

@RepCardoza

CA

Rep. Schrader

@RepSchrader

OR

Rep. Schmidt

No profile

OH

Rep. Gibson

@RepChrisGibson

NY

Rep. Fortenberry

@JeffFortenberry

NE

** The general twitter account to message Rep. Lucas, committee chairman, is @HouseAgNews

Robin-stephenson Robin Stephenson is regional organizer at Bread for the World.

 


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