Tell Congress: Don’t slash programs that feed millions of people in our community
Major Federal Nutrition Programs at risk of being cut
The 2018 Farm Bill is the major agricultural and food legislation that gets revisited or reauthorized by Congress every 5 years. It provides the heart of the federal commitment that no one in Florida or in any state across this great nation should go hungry. The bill includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP formerly food stamps) as well as other critical anti-hunger programs such as: The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).
As part of our mission to end hunger, in partnership with Feeding America we are committed to fighting to protect and expand access to federal nutrition programs. We’re encouraging our hunger advocates to contact their Congressional member and ensure they vote to protect food assistance programs from these cuts.
- 15.1% are food insecure in Florida, the majority of these people are children.
- In 2016 SNAP provided food assistance to over 3 million individuals in Florida, 62% of whom are children, seniors, or disabled.
- SNAP support nutrition education efforts, as well as employment and training programs to help beneficiaries gain skills or work experience to move toward self-sufficiency.
- The farm bill also provides policies and programs that help support the country’s agriculture economy and supports rural communities.
- If all proposed cuts are approved by Congress, millions of meals will disappear from our community every year.