More than 3,000 Organizations Demonstrate Their Support to Safeguard the Federal Nutrition Programs in a Letter to President Trump and Congress
The letter urges ensuring a strong and effective national nutrition safety net for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families. See current list of signers (pdf).
SNAP Support Letters – 115th Congress
Congress and the Administration
- 2018 Farm Bill letter to House and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees (pdf) – FRAC is proud to have played a leadership role in developing support for this letter urging the House and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees not to “hinder development and passage of the 2018 Farm Bill with further cuts.”
- Agriculture/conservation/food and nutrition groups urge Congress not to make budget cuts to the agriculture and nutrition programs.
- The National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO) letter asks Congress and the Administration to safeguard and protect all federal nutrition programs.
- The SAVE (Strengthening America’s Value and Economy) for All letter advocates for economic fairness, asking Congress and the Administration to prioritize the funding needs of programs serving vulnerable families and individuals.
- The National Association of Counties (NACo) resolution demonstrates their support for moving a SNAP reauthorization in conjunction with a reauthorization of the Farm Bill and protecting the current entitlement status and funding structure of SNAP.
- The House Agriculture Committee’s Budget Views and Estimates letter, addressed to the House Budget Committee Chairman Black and Ranking Member Yarmuth, urges the House Budget Committee to maintain the entitlement structure of SNAP and reject any attempts to further cut funding or place additional burdens on those looking to access SNAP benefits.
- The California letter details why the federal nutrition programs are so critical and the severe consequences of cutting the funding for these programs.
- The Massachusetts letter outlines who benefits from the federal nutrition programs and why protecting and defending the current structure of the programs is so important.
- The New York letter addresses how vital access to the federal nutrition programs are and urges the New York delegation to protect the programs from any structural changes.
- The Alaska letter from Governor Walker to the Alaskan Congressional Delegation urges a shared commitment to ensuring a strong and effective national nutrition safety net for vulnerable low-income individuals and families in Alaska.
- The Illinois letters addressed to the Illinois Congressional Delegation and the Illinois Governor urges them to protect and strengthen the federal nutrition programs against any benefit cuts or changes in entitlement structure in 2017 and beyond.
Past SNAP Support Letters & Resolutions
Advocacy efforts at the state and local level have been critically important in strengthening and safeguarding federal food and nutrition programs. Below are examples of past efforts to help you in developing messages to champion these programs.
State and Local Letters
- City of Oakland letter to Farm Bill conferees expressing support to SNAP. (2013)
- County of Los Angeles Board of Supervisors letter to Chairwoman Stabenow opposing SNAP cuts and describing the possible outcomes of the House proposals. (2013)
- County Welfare Directors Association of California letter to all Farm Bill conferees opposing SNAP cuts and outlining how specific proposals would harm groups within California. (2013)
- Letter from 19 mayors outlining the importance of SNAP for their constituents and local businesses. (2014)
- Michigan organizations letter to Senator Stabenow outlining the importance of SNAP for the state of Michigan and its residents. (2013)
- Minnesota Food Share (an inter-faith group) letter to Senator Franken supporting SNAP and the often vulnerable groups of people that use the program. (2012)
- Ohio Grocers Association letter to their Congresswoman Fudge about the importance of SNAP to both program participants and the businesses they buy their food from. (2012)
City Council Resolutions
Current SNAP Legislation (115th Congress, 2017-2018)
- Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2017H.R. 1276 – Introduced March 1, 2017 by Representative Alma Adams (D-NC) and 30 original co-sponsors.
What it does: Increases SNAP benefit adequacy by: replacing the Thrifty Food Plan with the Low-Cost Food Plan as the basis for SNAP benefits; eliminating the cap on the SNAP Excess Shelter Deduction; raising the minimum SNAP benefit from $16 to $25 per month; and authorizing a SNAP Standard Excess Medical Deduction for persons who are elderly or have disabilities (with a minimum standard of $140). Also protects certain jobless adults who are willing to work from being time limited out of SNAP if the state does not offer them SNAP Employment and Training (E& T) positions. See the co-sponsors.
Previous SNAP Legislation (114th Congress, 2015-2016)
- Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2016H.R.5215 – Introduced May 12, 2016 by Representative Alma Adams (D-NC) and eight original co-sponsors.
What it does: Authorizes a SNAP Standard Excess Medical Deduction for persons who are elderly or have disabilities (with a minimum standard of $140); replaces the Thrifty Food Plan with the Low-Cost Food Plan as the basis for SNAP benefits; eliminates the cap on the SNAP Excess Shelter Deduction; raises the minimum SNAP benefit from $16 to $25 per month; and exempts jobless adults from SNAP time limits if the state does not provide them with a SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E & T) slot. See the co-sponsors.
- SNAP Work Opportunities and Veteran Protection Act of 2015S. 2420 – Introduced December 17, 2015 by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
What it does: Preserves access to SNAP benefits for certain jobless able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) who are seeking work but who are not selected for a state job training or workfare program. Also exempts from time limits on their SNAP benefits military veterans who participate in a Veterans Affairs or State rehabilitation or employment program. See the co-sponsors.
- SNAP Work Opportunities Act of 2015H.R. 1025 – Introduced February 24, 2015 by Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA).
What it does: Preserves access to SNAP benefits for certain jobless able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) by exempting them from time limits on their SNAP benefits if they are not selected for a state job training or workfare program. See the co-sponsors.
- Food Security Improvement Act of 2015H.R. 3657 – Introduced September 30, 2015 by Representative Theodore E. Deutch (D-FL).
What it does: Improves SNAP by requiring benefits to be calculated using the government’s Low-Cost Food Plan instead of the Thrifty Food Plan. See the co-sponsors.