Farm Bill Passes Senate

JUNE 2012

We need more supply, not more demand. There will be less food for more people

Farm Bill Update & Action Alert

Update: On June 21, the Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill that will fund our nation’s agricultural and nutrition programs over the next five years. Despite Senator Gillibrand’s attempt to maintain and even strengthen our nation’s first line of defense against hunger, the final version of the Senate Farm Bill did contain $4.5 billion in cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), these cuts will result in an estimated 500,000 households a year losing $90 per month in SNAP benefits. We applaud the Senate for rejecting additional threats in the bill that would have damaged the structure of the program, leaving poorer and hungrier the millions of Americans who rely on SNAP for their basic food needs. Main components of the Farm Bill

Next: The bill must now go to the House where it is expected to face even deeper cuts to SNAP than the Senate-passed bill, potentially as much as $15 billion.

You can take action now!

Send an email or make a phone call to your representative. Please use the following message:

‘As the House Agriculture Committee works to finalize their proposed Farm Bill, I urge you to OPPOSE ANY CUTS to SNAP and to support increased TEFAP funding.’

Tim Bishop- (202) 225-3826

Steve Israel- (202) 225-3335

Pete King- (202)-225-7896

Carolyn McCarthy- (202) 225-5516

Gary Ackerman- (202) 225-2601

Sending an email or making a phone call only takes a moment, but if each Island Harvest partner took these actions, the impact could go a long way in fighting hunger on Long Island.

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