Tomorrow, May 17, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the version of the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) that would take away food assistance from 2 million people, including children, parents, people with disabilities, and working people. We’re asking individuals to call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 today to be connected to your Representatives and urge them to vote no on H.R. 2.
The impacts of Farm Bill (H.R. 2):
- Many SNAP recipients are survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and as advocates who work with and on behalf of these survivors every day, we want to highlight the particular importance of SNAP in their lives and the harms that would result from cuts to or changes in this program.
- Access to SNAP not only enables survivors to feed themselves and their families but also provides an essential bridge to safety and long-term economic stability for survivors after they leave an abusive relationship or otherwise recover from the impacts of abuse or assault.
- Low-income people, including seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, unemployed adults, and families with children are already struggling to afford food to maintain an adequate diet throughout the month on low wages and modest SNAP benefits. Cutting SNAP eligibility and reducing benefits will further increase hardship and food insecurity for individuals and families across the country.