This week, the U.S. House and Senate are expected to vote on FY2016 Budget Resolutions – and SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is being targeted. SNAP has extraordinary strengths, yet some would make disastrous changes to a program that serves millions of children, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, jobless adults seeking work, and those working – often multiple jobs – just to make ends meet.
In Arizona, 48% of SNAP participants are kids. That’s nearly a half million children who rely on SNAP benefits for their basic nutrition, and critical since 29% of children in Arizona go to bed hungry each night.
We need your voice – and the voices of thousands of others – to say that Congress should support SNAP.
St. Mary’s Food Bank joins our national partners Feeding America and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) in showing the wide support for SNAP from people across the county.
Call Congress today!
Call Congress is easy. Here’s how:
- Just dial our toll free number, (888) 398-8702, listen to the pre-recorded message and enter your zip code when prompted.
- Once you are connected to your first Member of Congress, state that you are a constituent, and give your name and the town you are calling from.
- Let them know you are calling about the budget and deliver this important message: As your constituent and supporter/employee of St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance, I am calling you today to ask you to vote against any efforts to cut or block-grant hunger-relief programs like SNAP when you consider the budget resolution. SNAP benefits have already been cut twice in the last two years. Our clients rely on these programs, and St. Mary’s Food Bank will be unable to meet the need in our community if these programs are cut. Please find a more responsible way to balance the budget.
Be sure to dial back in and speak with both of your senators and your representative.
Also, please sign the petition today and share it widely with your family and friends. Join us and tell Congress you want and end to hunger in America, not ill-considered budget proposals that would increase it.
Thank you for advocating for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance!