A land of milk and honey, the United States possesses the great ability to feed every last one of our residents. The 207th General Assembly of the PC(USA) made clear the mandate for Presbyterians when they “Encourage[ed] all congregations to renew their commitment to address the root causes of hunger by advocating for a more just and sustainable world order, by supporting poor people's efforts to provide for themselves, and by assisting them with direct food relief while they pursue more permanent solutions to their problems… and Encourage[ed] all Presbyterians to be active participants in the public debate over the proper role of government in responding to the needs of poor and hungry people, remembering Jesus' teaching that it is the nations who will be judged for how they treat ‘. . . the least of these . . .’ (Matt. 25:45, NRSV) who are hungry and homeless.”
However, Congress refuses to acknowledge our Nation’s capacity for ethical distribution and has proposed legislation that would cut benefits that residents in the US are entitled to. These benefits not only go towards those who most struggle on the margins; over half of US citizens receive government entitlements paid for by tax dollars.
- 14 percent of the United States total population depends on the benefits of our nations food assistance program (SNAP formally known as Food Stamps). 11 million people could be made ineligible by proposed cuts to SNAP assistance.
- New cuts could also make it harder for existing recipients to keep their benefits by being subjected to more paper work with steeper penalties.
Last week House Committee Chairman Mike Conaway introduced a partisan draft of the 2018 Farm Bill, and today the committee will take up the bill. Please take a moment to call committee members and urge them to oppose this bill, which would impose even harsher work requirements and cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for millions of Americans who rely on it to feed themselves and their families.
Click here for a list of House Agriculture Committee members – call them today and use this sample script:
Hello, my name is [FIRST NAME] and I want to make sure [CONGRESSMAN NAME] knows that I oppose House Agriculture Chairman Conaway's draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. This bill would hurt millions of Americans who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to feed themselves and their children, including seniors, single mothers, children, military families, people in rural communities, and more.