200 Million Meals Eliminated as Thanksgiving Approaches
The Nov. 1 cut to SNAP (food stamps) means about 10 million fewer SNAP meals each day. That's 200 million meals eliminated so far this month, the equivalent of every child in America going without food for three and a half straight days (photo courtesy of Participant Media).
By Eric Mitchell
We're down to the wire! Members of Congress are working to unveil a compromise farm bill very soon. The farm bill funds SNAP (formerly food stamps), and already, 200 million meals have been eliminated since Nov. 1. As families are preparing their Thanksgiving menus, Congress is negotiating how much deeper to cut SNAP.
Only this Congress would take away food from struggling families as they gather to celebrate Thanksgiving. Tell Congress that this is the wrong time to prevent families from putting food on the table.
On Nov. 1, all families receiving SNAP saw their benefits cut. The $5 billion cut this year means about 10 million fewer SNAP meals each day. That's 200 million meals eliminated so far this month! Think of it this way: that’s like every child in America going without food for three and a half straight days.
You can make a difference right now for families, especially those with children, struggling to put food on the table. We need you to continue praying and calling or emailing your members of Congress. These simple acts can make the difference. Your senators and representatives need to hear from you again and right now.
As you plan your Thanksgiving and buy your food, keep saying this prayer, and ask your members of Congress to join you: God, empower us and inspire our leaders to fill the hungry with good things.
This long, two-year process for the farm bill may finally come to a close in the next few days. Urge Congress to make it a responsible farm bill. Call (800-326-4941) or email your members of Congress with a prayer and the following messages:
- Protect SNAP (food stamps) from cuts in the farm bill.
- SNAP encourages work. The program has work requirements, and a majority of households receive SNAP for less than 10 months.
- SNAP cuts that began Nov. 1 have already eliminated 200 million meals. Don't prevent families from eating when Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
Thank you for calling or emailing your members of Congress today and for your prayers.
Eric Mitchell is Bread for the World's director of government relations.
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