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Advocates Prepare for a Busy Fall


Bread for the World's Lobby Day, June 2013, Washington, DC. (Joseph Molieri/Bread for the World)

The leaves are piling up as fast as the legislative priorities this month. October is going to be busy —we will be calling on you often and your voice will be absolutely critical in helping those struggling with hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.

The annual appropriations to fund the U.S. government ran out at midnight on Sept. 30 and an ongoing congressional stalemate around the budget will have both short-term and long-term consequences for anti-hunger programs (see “What Does the Government Shutdown Mean for Hunger” for a comprehensive analysis). We expect another partisan fight around the debt ceiling, which Congress needs to raise by Oct. 17 in order to prevent the nation from defaulting on its financial obligations. It is possible that the two crises could merge into one larger battle.

What has become clear in the first few days of the government shutdown is that the programs that are already feeling the sting of sequestration are experiencing an even greater impact. WIC, international food aid, and poverty-focused development assistance are all facing funding interruptions. The longer the shutdown continues, the greater the harm both to anti-hunger programs and, more broadly, the economy.

Email Congress today and tell your senators and representative to pass a responsible budget that addresses sequestration, end the U.S. government shutdown, and raise the debt ceiling without political games or causing more harm to those in need.  Getting through on the telephone may be difficult during the government shutdown, so we encourage you to contact your members of Congress via email.

The nine-month extension of the farm bill expired on Oct.  1 and the path forward is still unclear. Until the House appoints conferees, negotiations toward a final bill with the Senate cannot begin. The House proposal cuts SNAP by nearly $40 billion and international food aid by $2.5 billion. As with the budget battles, the longer the expiration, the greater the long-term effects on vulnerable populations. It is also possible that the farm bill could become embroiled in both the budget and debt ceiling negotiations. Regardless, October and November will provide several opportunities for advocates to be heard.

Email your representative and tell him or her to protect and strengthen SNAP (formerly food stamps) and international food aid in the farm bill.

The House continues to signal that it will take up immigration legislation in late October or early November. There will be several events taking place in Washington, D.C., and across the nation, to urge Congress to act on comprehensive immigration reform.

Bread for the World, as a coalition partner with the Evangelical Immigration Table, is asking churches across the country to host prayer gatherings during the week of Oct. 12-20. Bread members are invited to join either by participating in a gathering that is already planned or by hosting and planning your own event. The Evangelical Immigration Table is hosting a series of regional Pray4Reform events—it has created a map that provides information on where gatherings are happening across the country and a step-by-step guide to creating your own groups to pray for comprehensive immigration reform.

Email Congress and tell your members to support comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the root causes of undocumented immigration and the high rates of hunger experienced by undocumented individuals living in the United States.

We will be following all of these issues closely and will keep you updated on Bread Blog. At critical moments we will send action alerts to you by email—please take action and help us amplify our messages by spreading the word to your friends and family. Finally, on Oct. 15, join Bread’s policy and organizing staff, and a guest from the White House Office of Public Engagement, for a special update on these issues.

What Does the Government Shutdown Mean for Hunger?


Coverage of the government shutdown is dominating the news right now, but, as budget fights go, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. So, without finger-pointing or hollow rhetoric, here is what anti-hunger advocates need to know about current, and upcoming, budget fights on Capitol Hill.

1.  What does the government shutdown mean for families struggling with hunger and living in poverty?

A government shutdown means there are no additional federal funds to support programs such as WIC, SNAP (formerly food stamps), Head Start, low-income housing assistance, and international poverty-focused development assistance. In the short term, a shutdown doesn’t have disastrous consequences for most anti-hunger programs. However, the longer the shutdown continues, the more harm is done to vulnerable populations, both in the United States and abroad. For example:

  • The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): Continued services, food benefits, and program administration depends on how individual states react and how long the shutdown lasts. Most WIC centers appear able to continue to operate through the end of October, but as the shutdown continues, the consequences become more dramatic.
  • Head Start: A small number of Head Start centers are feeling the impact of a government shutdown immediately, primarily those with grants that expired on Oct. 1.
  • SNAP: Households will continue to receive benefits through October. There is some contingency funding available to support the program, but it is unclear what will happen if the shutdown lasts more than a month.
  • International Poverty-Focused Development Assistance Programs:  For the time being, some programs within USAID will continue to operate using residual funds. However, uncertainly about funding will eventually hinder diplomacy and development and deplete U.S. flexibility to respond to national security imperatives.
  • The Economy and Jobs: The shutdown will drag down an already-weakened economy. Furloughed workers, halted contracts, cut services—the economic consequences are serious. More than 800,000 federal employees are on unpaid leave and lost wages are estimated to cost the economy $1 billion per week.  

 2. What exactly is on the table in these congressional negotiations? And why can’t members of Congress agree?

A few things stand out about the current situation.

  • The stalemate around passing a short-term budget, or continuing resolution (CR), does not concern spending levels. Both the House and the Senate have passed a budget and, although there are vast differences in totals for fiscal year 2014 between the two chambers, a short-term budget would simply extend current funding levels for a few months as Congress negotiates the final budget. Some members in the House are refusing to pass an extension and are taking the negotiations hostage because of the Affordable Care Act. 
  • A short-term budget would buy Congress some time as they work to come to agreement on a bigger budget bill. A final budget must take a balanced approach, address sequestration, and include further deficit reduction to address long-term solutions to hunger. 
  • Partisanship over a short-term budget does not bode well for the October debt ceiling negotiations. Congress needs to raise the debt ceiling by Oct. 17 to prevent the country from defaulting on its obligations. The U.S Treasury Department released a report today  predicting that a debt crisis in mid-October could send the nation into a recession comparable to the one we experienced in 2008 or worse.

If the shutdown fight gets wrapped up into a larger budget deal involving the debt ceiling, the seriousness of the situation grows exponentially.

3.Why are debt ceiling negotiations so important?

The government shutdown is serious, but failing to raise the debt ceiling would be catastrophic. 

  • The United States is expected to hit its credit limit (debt ceiling) on Oct.17. If Congress doesn’t act, our country won’t be able to pay its bills and will default. The economic consequences would be catastrophic. The U.S Treasury Department released a report today  predicting that a debt crisis in mid-October could send the nation into a recession comparable to the one we experienced in 2008 or worse.
  • We’re likely to see proposals that call for cutting programs such as SNAP and Medicaid in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. This is deeply troubling. A bad deal means backpedalling on years of work reducing hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. 

Our country cannot afford to see political games played around the debt ceiling. The creditworthiness of the United States is not a bargaining chip.

4. What can faithful advocates do?

First, you should email Congress today. Your calls may not go through to your members of Congress during the shutdown, but you can email. Second, you can influence the public debate around these issues by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper.

Congress has to resolve these issues. This government shutdown is unaffordable, sequestration remains unsustainable, and a bad deal that further hurts the poor is unconscionable.

Mind the Gap


Passing a responsible budget that includes revenue would begin to reverse the trend of U.S. income and wealth inequality, which is the greatest threat to food insecurity. Photo: The London transit system, May 2013. (Robin Stephenson)

By Robin Stephenson

Sound bites from members of Congress these days are more like clips from The Jerry Springer Show than a transcript of moral leadership. Blame and shame should not pass for governance. This approach to policy-making is myopic, increases hunger, and camouflages a real crisis in America – growing income inequality.

The United States has the most unequal distribution of income and wealth of any developed nation and the gap is widening. The documentary Inequality for All hits theaters this week and is the basis of a recent interview with U.C. Berkeley professor of economics, Robert Reich, on the Sept. 20 edition of Moyers and Company.

Reich argues that as globalization and technology have changed the structure of the economy and displaced workers, our policies have not adapted to the new rules. The economist says that shared prosperity, a concept previously valued by society, is replaced by an ambition cycle; gains are now channeled to a small group at the top and not reinvested in the economy. “The government can no longer afford to do what the government was doing because they aren’t getting tax receipts,” says Reich. When 70 percent of the economy is based on consumer spending, but consumers don’t have purchasing power, the economy weakens. He points out there is danger in looking at one piece of the economy and not looking at the connections.

Our faith in Christ moves us to advocate for sound policy that invests in programs addressing the root causes of poverty and hunger. In order to end hunger, income inequality – one the biggest threats to food security – must be addressed. We are calling on Congress to pass a responsible budget that includes revenue, replaces sequestration, and assures that all everyone will have a place at the table and economic opportunity.

The richest 400 individuals in this country now have more wealth than the 150 million poorest, a fact that should alarm our leaders. In an interview with The Christian Post, Rev. Gary Cook, director of church relations at Bread for the World, points out that through tithing, Jubilee, and gleaning, God historically made provision for hungry people. Shared prosperity is at the basis of right relationship in a community; the faithful gathered in 2 Corinthians were responsible for one another and, “[t]he one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.” (8:15)

Blaming the poor for our economic woes and cutting anti-hunger programs in response is folly. On the eve of a manufactured fiscal cliff, most Americans are earning wages that haven't seen a significant increase in decades. Too many U.S. citizens — through job loss, medical emergency, or an unexpected calamity — have experienced their own financial crises while a small minority have watched their assets rise. What was once a war on poverty has become a war on the poor, and holding the budget hostage for political gain is obscuring a faith-based solution. It is time to tell Congress that enough is enough. 

Tell your members of Congress to pass a responsible budget that addresses sequestration and to raise the debt ceiling without political games.

Robin Stephenson is national social media lead and senior regional organizer, western hub, at Bread for the World.

Quote of the Day: Gary Cook

Food distribution"In the Biblical framework, God made three provisions for hungry people. One was the tithe, which was literally a tax, because the government was the same as the religious order, and allowed widows and orphans to eat. The second provision was that there would always be Sabbath and Jubilee, where every seven years and 50 years, there was land redistribution. This provision was to prevent a class of people who were always hungry. The last was gleaning, where corners of the field were deliberately not harvested so poorer members of the community could gather the remainder and use it to feed themselves.

Here, hungry people have access to food as a matter of right, not as a matter of charity."

    - Gary Cook, director of church relations at Bread for the World, quoted September 21, 2013, in The Christian Post.

As the economy slowly rebounds, 47 million Americans still depend on SNAP to put food on their tables. A recent bill passed in the House would cut the program by nearly $40 billion, putting a greater burden on the already struggling churches and charities that provide about $4 billion in food annually. Learn more about churches and hunger with this fact sheet and tell your member of Congress to protect SNAP in the farm bill.

Photo:  Food distribution in southeast Washington, DC, in November, 2009.  (Mark Fenton)

Farm Bill: Now What?

Faithful advocacy takes perserverence. Bread for the World members at the June 2013 National Gathering in Washington, D.C. (Joseph Mollieri/Bread for the World)

By Christine Meléndez Ashley

Last Thursday was not a good day. After months of faithful advocacy against deep cuts to SNAP – in district meetings, local media, more than 7,000 emails and hundreds of phone calls to Congress – the House narrowly passed a bill cutting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by $40 billion. Emotions felt by faithful anti-hunger advocates likely mirrored my own. Defeat. Sorrow. Outrage. A sense of loss and disappointment, along with the question, “Now what?” hanging over my head.

But I woke up Friday morning with Psalm 108 on my heart, a psalm we had read in the office shortly before the vote on Thursday afternoon:

My heart is steadfast, O God! For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. [Psalm 108:1, 4 ESV]

What originally was a prayer for victory became a prayer of comfort to me. Regardless of the wins or losses on Capitol Hill, we stand steadfast, remembering that God is, God has been, and God will continue to be faithful. We may not have won on this bill, but this isn’t the end of the line in our advocacy for a strong SNAP program. With this psalm buoying my spirit, I look forward to the work that needs to be done.

Now that the Senate and the House have each passed a version of the farm bill, it’s time for a conference committee to come together and iron out the differences between the policies passed by each chamber. The Senate previously passed a bill with $4 billion in SNAP cuts. Obviously, it will be a tough negotiation to protect SNAP. 

The farm bill technically expires on Monday, September 30, but it is almost certain we will not have a final bill by then. Historically, farm bills have been allowed to expire for a couple months before a final bill has been passed. This will likely be the case again this year. SNAP is a unique farm bill program in that it can continue past the September 30 deadline as long as the government is open and functioning. This gives us as advocates the time we need to make sure our message is heard loud, clear, and often: SNAP must be protected in any final farm bill.

As Congress works out the parliamentary and procedural details of how to move forward, we continue to press on in our faithful advocacy. Now is a critical time to let your representatives know you were watching how they voted. Call 1-800-826-3688 and express your thanks or your frustration and outrage at their vote. Our calls today could mean a difference in how representatives vote on SNAP cuts in the future!

The nutrition bill passed but it was a very close vote. Threats to SNAP will continue to come up this fall but victory - protecting SNAP - is within our reach. Stand steadfast and stay tuned for updates from us in the coming weeks.

Christine Meléndez Ashley is a policy analyst at Bread for the World.

A Window of Opportunity

The Power of 1,000 Days

As Congress uses a vote on a continuing resolution as a political football and a possible government shutdown looms, there are important anti-hunger issues at stake. This video, “The Power of a 1,000 Days,” is a reminder of the potential children hold for the future when they are given the opportunity to thrive. We could lose ground on the strides that have been made toward ending global malnutrition if the sequester is not replaced. The partisan conversation will likely continue as Congress debates the debt ceiling in mid-October, so every opportunity to remind our legislators that ending hunger must be part of the debate is critical.

If passed, the continuing resolution would keep the government running through mid-December, but the automatic across-the-board cuts of sequestration would not be replaced. In the next year, sequestration will mean:

  • More than 570,000 children in developing countries will be denied nutritional interventions during their first 1,000 days of development. These interventions save lives and help prevent the irreversible damage caused by malnutrition.
  • Roughly 2 million people around the world will experience reduced or denied access to lifesaving food aid.

The 1,000 days from the start of a woman's pregnancy through her child's second birthday offer a unique window of opportunity to shape healthier and more prosperous futures. Similarly, we have a window of opportunity that we can use to tell Congress funding food aid must be a priority.

As the video states, “malnutrition robs children of the ability to grow, learn, and thrive.”  Will our members of Congress forget the children in the din of political rhetoric this week? Or will the 870 million malnourished children worldwide who can be helped by simple and small investments in targeted nutrition be remembered?  It’s up to us to remind them.

Use our toll-free number, 800-826-3688, to be connected to the Capitol switchboard, or send an email.

In June, with Concern Worldwide, The Bread for the World Institute co-hosted the event Sustaining Political Commitments to Scaling Up Nutrition. A report of the summary and highlights in now available online.

Overwhelming Support for Congressman’s Vote Against SNAP Cuts

(USDA photo)

By Zach Schmidt

Only 15 Republicans voted against H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act, with strong pressure from party leadership to support the bill. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01) of Lincoln, Nebraska, was one of the few who went against his party and opposed the nearly $40 billion cut to SNAP (food stamps), which could result in nearly 4 million people—including 10,000 Nebraskans—losing benefits.

Rep. Fortenberry’s “no” vote was the result of years of advocacy from Bread for the World members and coalition partners in Lincoln, capped by an eleventh-hour surge spearheaded by local Bread leaders and allies. Local directors Scott Young at the Food Bank of Lincoln and Beatty Brasch at the Center for People in Need, and their respective staffs, reached out and urged Fortenberry to oppose the bill. They provided local stories and data on hunger in Lincoln and explained how the bill would harm vulnerable people who were already struggling to get by. Lincoln Bread leader Kristin Ostrom rallied faith leaders across the state to weigh in as well. It was clearly a team effort, and a successful one!

In response to a statewide news article in the Omaha World Herald about how Rep. Fortenberry split with his party to vote against the bill, Ostrom led an effort to generate public comments thanking Fortenberry for his “no” vote. That effort led to 160 people—including faith, education, and nutrition leaders—publically supporting  Rep. Fortenberry’s “no” vote on H.R. 3102. He received more than 130 ”likes” on Facebook and more than 30 positive comments on the Omaha World Herald piece. Commenters thanked Rep. Fortenberry not only for his vote, but for his compassion, his courage, and for “standing with the least of these.” One commenter said he was “grateful that Mr. Fortenberry stood with the hungry of Nebraska.”

We wanted to make it clear that Rep. Fortenberry has strong and vocal support for his decision to protect poor and hungry people.

Great, great work to Kristin Ostrom and Bread members and coalition partners in Lincoln and across Nebraska! This is what effective advocacy looks like.

Zach Schmidt is a Bread for the World regional organizer in the Central Hub, which includes Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

A Radical Commitment to End Hunger Takes Faith

Amelia and Gary to White House
Bread for the World policy analyst Amelia Kegan and director of church relations Gary Cook travel to the White House in August to deliver the first set of signatures from Bread for the World members asking the president to set a goal and work with Congress on a plan to end hunger in the United States and abroad. (Joseph Mollieri/Bread for the World)

By Amelia Kegan

You may be overwhelmed by the number of times we have asked you to call your members of Congress lately. You may be so angry at the partisan brinkmanship that you want to ignore the news. I know because sometimes I feel it, too. But I’m not giving up and we won’t stop asking you to speak up. Your voice makes a difference; there is too much at stake to lose faith now.

Soon Congress must pass a responsible budget and the path there will include more partisan fights over a continuing resolution, the debt ceiling, and sequestration. The fate of SNAP in the farm bill is still uncertain as the House and Senate move toward a reconciliation process. At each juncture we must be vigilant and vocal or risk an increase in hunger both at home and abroad.

Bread for the World knows ending hunger requires a long-term vision. We envision transitioning from a political climate of defensive protection to a bold offensive against hunger, transforming the rhetoric of scarcity into one of hope and abundance. We will pull out by the roots this political culture that blames the poor and demonizes those on SNAP. We will replant a new seed of radical commitment to ending hunger within Congress and the White House—a seed that will eventually yield economic security for all and a real opportunity to attain the American Dream. We will grow this transformation with the soil of on-the-ground, person-to-person grassroots organizing, the waters of political accountability, and by radiating the fierce unconditional love of Jesus Christ. 

But staring only at that grand vision of ending hunger in our time without attending to the immediate fights in front of us is like driving with our sights on the horizon while ignoring that sharp and dangerous curve in the road right just up ahead. How will we end hunger in this generation if 2014 begins with 4 million Americans kicked off of SNAP and 2 million more people around the world denied lifesaving food aid because of the sequester?

The budget battles we are fighting today are becoming part of the political narrative defining this era. There is no doubt in my mind that if we keep at it we will emerge victorious because we're in the right on this. When those suffering from hunger are able to fill their dinner tables with more than just anxious conversation, we all benefit. History, economics, and scripture have taught us that we are all in this together.

While each new budget fight might bring a level of increased exhaustion, frustration, and irritation, we cannot be discouraged. We must continue the relentless struggle over these fiscal fights. And while some may question the sustainability of our seemingly small efforts, we know the parable of the mustard seed and that with faith, we move mountains. 

As we face the next several months, prepare yourself for the trial ahead by taking comfort in the  certainty that you are not alone in God’s kingdom and everyone deserves a place at the table

Amelia Kegan is a senior policy analyst for Bread for the World.

Sequestration Threatens Lifesaving Food Aid

Tohomina Akter attempts to feed her daughter Adia, 17 months, in Char Baria village, Barisal, Bangladesh, on Thursday, April 19, 2012. Tohomina finished 7th grade and hopes she can help educate her daughter to be a doctor. (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World)

“The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.” (2 Corinthians 8:15).

Famine is difficult for Americans to truly understand. Although poverty rates in the United States have surged with the Great Recession, programs like SNAP have helped put food on the table for those who have been hit the hardest. But famine — a perversion of God’s vision for humanity in the midst of global abundance – slowly and painfully withers life in the wake of human and natural disasters. For people who live in the world's poorest countries, the safety net is often weak or nonexistent.

Both the Old and New Testaments show a special concern for the poor; God’s people are called to change the systems that create poverty. Amos 5 tells us that we also are called to respond immediately to the groaning at the gates—an outcry exemplified by hunger. In the New Testament, the apostle Paul understood that the Christian call included responding to the need in Macedonia with a generosity that crossed borders (2 Corinthians 8-9).

Today, that humanitarian assistance often comes in the form of U.S. food aid and programs administered by USDA and USAID. For more than 50 years, U.S. generosity has saved lives. In fiscal year 2010, the United States spent about $1.5 billion on emergency food aid that benefitted about 46.5 million people in poor countries.

In 2011, famine in Somalia led to the death of more than 250,000 people in Southern Somalia, but many survived because of food aid and global generosity. Although rains and lowered food prices have helped, security issues still plague the region and continued vigilance on the part of the international community is vital.  IRIN reports that an estimated 870,000 will need food assistance by December of this year. 

As we have previously reported, the crisis is regional and the Horn of Africa has the highest rates of child malnutrition in the world. Programs targeting the nutritional needs of nursing mothers and infants are working. Last week, the UN reported that Ethiopia has reduced by two-thirds its child mortality rate, which is the rate of infants and children who die before age 5. 

The less than 1 percent of our budget that is invested in poverty-focused development assistance is saving lives and helping us answer our faithful call to love our neighbors, regardless of borders. The investments, however, are being diminished by sequestration, the automatic and indiscriminate budget cuts currently in place. If these cuts aren't replaced by a balanced approach, sequestration will deny nutritional interventions to 57,000 children and deny or reduce food aid to 2 million people. Congress must take action.

Congress is facing some big choices this week—lives are at stake.  Ask your senators and representative to pass a responsible budget that provides robust funding for international poverty-focused development assistance programs and puts an end to sequestration. Use our toll-free number, 800-826-3688, to be connected to the Capitol switchboard, or send an email.

Tag, Congress: You're It

Smart phones can be a powerful tool for advocates who want to make their message public through social media networks. Most members of Congress are on both Twitter and Facebook. Nicole Rushing (left) and Natasha Bisbal (right) listen to Joe Martingale (not pictured) at Bread for the World's Lobby Day in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 (Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World).

It’s time to let members of Congress know that  must help those facing hunger and poverty – tag your members  on social media and remind them of this moral responsibility. Using Twitter and Facebook, you can help amplify the message that a small group of faithful advocates are taking to Capitol Hill today: create a circle of protection around SNAP and make ending hunger a priority.

Over the next couple of weeks, members of the House of Representatives will vote on a nutrition-only farm bill that would cut $40 billion from the SNAP program over 10 years — a devastating prospect that could increase hunger for as many as 6 million U.S. citizens. We have identified 14 members of the House of Representatives who will be key votes and they need to hear from you today.

If you use Twitter, tag your member with a message or make up your own. For example: 

Rep. @bachusal06 vote NO on SNAP cuts and make ending hunger a priority #circleofprotection 

On Facebook, tell your story on the wall of your member or tag him or her in a message on your wall (you need to like your member's official page in order to do this). For example:

I’m asking @Don Young to Vote NO on SNAP cuts that would take food off the table of as many as 6 million Americans. Ending hunger should be a priority and a farm bill that cuts SNAP by $40 billion will only increase the struggle for our most vulnerable citizens during these tough economic times.

Below is a list of key representatives that Bread for the World will be meeting with today. If your member is on this list, tag him or her in a tweet or a Facebook post and help us amplify the message that now is not the time to cut SNAP.







Spencer Bachus


@Spencer Bachus

AK-at large

Don Young


@Don Young


Hal Rogers


@Harold Rogers


Frank LoBiondo


@Frank LoBiondo


Chris Smith


@Christopher Smith


Rodney Frelinghuysen


@Rodney Frelinghuysen


Michael Grimm


@Rep. Michael Grimm


Chris Gibson


@Congressman Chris Gibson


Richard Hanna


@U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna


Peter King


@Peter King


David Joyce


@Rep. Dave Joyce


Patrick Meehan


@Congressman Patrick Meehan


Michael Fitzpatrick


@Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick


Frank Wolf


@Congressman Frank Wolf


If you don't see your member's name listed here, that doesn't mean that their vote isn't important or that it isn't critical to get in touch with them today! Find him or her on Facebook or Twitter and send them a message asking them to protect SNAP.

If you’re not active on social media your voice can still make an difference.  Email or call your representative today and urge him or her to vote against $40 billion in cuts to SNAP. Use our toll-free number, 1-800-826-3688, to be connected to the Capitol switchboard or click here to send an email. 

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