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Help Protect the Safety Net in the Farm Bill

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What is the Farm Bill?

A piece of legislation that is reauthorized every 5 years - it guides and creates funding for different types of programs such as commodities, conservation, trade, nutrition, rural development, research, forestry, energy, etc.

 

How does the Farm Bill help hungry people?

In the nutrition title (section) of the bill, information about funding and eligibility is provided for the following programs:

  • SNAP (food stamps)
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP / senior boxes)

 

How can I help?

The House Agriculture Committee is seeking public comment on the Farm Bill on their website until May 20. Let’s show the true power of anti-hunger advocates by generating a large amount of public comments asking the committee to strengthen and protect anti-hunger programs.  It only takes a minute!

*Note: Check the 'non-producer' box in the occupation section if you are not a farmer.

 

Sample comment you can use if you receive food and nutrition assistance:

Although the country is facing tough economic times, food is a basic need.  [INSERT YOUR PERSONAL STORY - IF YOU ARE WILLING TO SHARE]. We need a strong Farm Bill to make sure that people like myself can put food on the table. I ask that you pass a Farm Bill that protects and strengthens programs like TEFAP, SNAP, and CSFP. These programs are a lifeline to people like myself who are struggling to make ends meet, and I urge you make them a priority in the next Farm Bill. Thank you for your consideration.

Sample comment you can use if you provide food and nutrition assistance:

I am the [INSERT TITLE] at [INSERT FOOD BANK/ORGANIZATION NAME]. With traditional food streams declining, we continue to find it difficult to meet the needs of our community, despite the improvement of the economy. We need a strong Farm Bill to make sure that we can put food on the table for those that are still struggling. I ask that you pass a Farm Bill that protects and strengthens programs like TEFAP, SNAP, and CSFP. These programs are a lifeline to the [INSERT LOCAL MAP THE MEAL GAP DATA] people struggling with hunger in [COUNTY NAME/STATE], and I urge you make them a priority in the next Farm Bill. Thank you for your consideration.

Sample comment you can use if you are a general supporter of anti-hunger programs:

With traditional food streams declining, it is more difficult for charitable food assistance providers to meet the needs of people in our community, despite the improvement of the economy. We need a strong Farm Bill to make sure that we can put food on the table for those that are still struggling. I ask that you pass a Farm Bill that protects and strengthens programs like TEFAP, SNAP, and CSFP. These programs are a lifeline to the [INSERT LOCAL MAP THE MEAL GAP DATA] people struggling with hunger in [COUNTY NAME/STATE], and I urge you make them a priority in the next Farm Bill. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Thank you for taking the time to help fight hunger today!