SNAP benefits (sometimes known as food stamps) are a critical insurance that Americans just above the poverty line and below are able to feed themselves and their families. Historically the program is one of many entitlement programs often under attack by Republicans especially when the GOP controls Congress. While it is still unclear what President-Elect Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and House Committee on Agriculture Chairman K. Michael Conaway will propose in terms of legislation, we do know a Farm Bill will be drafted during this Congress. Let's ensure our elected officials know we believe SNAP benefits makes America stronger.
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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a critical program that helps over 44,2 million Americans who are part of 21.8 million households. According to the Center for Budget and Public Policy, "after unemployment insurance, SNAP historically has been the most responsive federal program in assisting families and communities during economic downturns." During economic downturn, between 2008 and 2011, SNAP recipient individuals and households increased to 47 million, but as the economic has improved, the number of recipients have fallen annually.
For those receiving SNAP benefits, the average $125 while often not wholly adequate, the program is a lifeline in lean times. "One study found that SNAP benefits can reduce food insecurity among high-risk children by 20 percent and improve their overall health by 35 percent." Beyond hunger and nutrition, SNAP has shown to help pull households out of poverty.
We know many in Congress are committed to fiscal responsibility. We urge you to see that SNAP benefits are a great investment in the American people. When people suddenly find themselves out of work or their hours cutback, they can lean on the SNAP program for a temporary boost and to ensure their children continue to have access to sufficient food. Countless studies have shown that people of all ages perform better when they are properly fed. SNAP is not only an investment in Americans and American families, but also the American workforce and education system.
As you set your agenda for the 115th Congress and begin discussions on the next Farm Bill, we urge you to please preserve a strong and fully funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.