Tell Congress: Protect and strengthen -- do not cut -- anti-hunger programs in the budget



Hunger in America is staggering: more than 41 million Americans are at risk of going to bed hungry, including one in four children.

And it gets worse: funding for our nation's most effective anti-hunger program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is on the chopping block.

Leaders in Congress are getting ready to debate cutting billions from this critical program in next year's budget, threatening to push more people into food insecurity.

And, because Congress must pass a budget before the end of the fiscal year on September 30, we must act now and urge the U.S. House of Representatives to protect and strengthen this critical food safety net, not cut it.

Tell the U.S. House: Protect and strengthen -- do not cut -- anti-hunger programs in the budget.

The text of the petition reads:

More than 41 million Americans are at risk of going to bed hungry, including one in four children, and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a critical lifeline for many of these families. Protect and strengthen -- do not cut -- anti-hunger programs in the budget.

According to a new report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food insecurity disproportionately affects households with children, families headed by people of color, and rural Americans. Yet some members of Congress who represent districts with high food insecurity populations are ready to slash $10 billion from SNAP next year, and up to $150 billion over the next 10 years. This would put their own constituents and communities at an even higher risk of going hungry.

In the richest country in the world, it is unacceptable for our lawmakers to force a senior to choose between eating or taking prescribed medicine. It is wrong to force a mother to choose between feeding her family or filling up her gas tank to drive to work.

We are all better off when we — and our neighbors — have enough food to eat. It’s time for Congress to stop playing politics with SNAP, our nation’s most critical anti-hunger program.

Thanks for all you do.