Oppose cuts to Food Assistance (SNAP)

Food assistance is at risk — again. On July 24, 2019, the Trump Administration proposed a rule that would make it harder for working families to put food on the table.

Just months after Congress and the Administration debated and reauthorized Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) through the Farm Bill, the Administration is now proposing to implement, through an executive action, a second SNAP benefits cut that it failed to secure through legislation.

So what’s at risk? A lot. The USDA proposal would eliminate SNAP benefits for 3.1 million people, take free school meals away from the children in those families, and punish people with even meager savings. But did you know that these changes will be especially detrimental to women?

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Because women are most likely to be caregivers, earn persistently lower wages, and are heading more households alone, women have higher rates of food insecurity than men– so it’s no wonder they are the majority of SNAP recipients.

This latest attempt to gut SNAP is yet another example of the White House’s willingness to ignore gender equity. If counted in the official poverty measure, SNAP would have lifted the incomes of more than 2.3 million people above the poverty line in 2017, including more than 688,000 women between the ages of 18 and 64.

We have until September 23 to tell the USDA and the White House that we oppose the new rule. Follow this link and tell the White House that these cuts would harm struggling women and children.

Short on time? Copy and paste this letter into the comment box and send it on its way!

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