Congress Must Protect and Strengthen SNAP and Other Anti-Hunger Programs

Read our fact sheet, and bring it with you when you visit your member of Congress on Capitol Hill or in your district.

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

State Delegations

  • 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 Council Resolutions

Farm Bill 2018

Conversations around the 2018 Farm Bill are expected to begin in 2017 with the 115th Congress. Read our Farm Bill Primer for more information on the Farm Bill.

Current SNAP Legislation (115th Congress, 2017-2018)

  • Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2017
    H.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 2016
    H.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 2015
    S. 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 2015
    H.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 2015
     H.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.