Email Congress on September 13th using the email template below.
Dear [STAFFER NAME],
As the Farm Bill advances through the legislative process, I would like to urge [NAME OF MEMBER OF CONGRESS] to keep federal nutrition programs strong and ensure the final legislation keeps America’s national commitment to reducing hunger.
More than 508,000 people in Minnesota face food insecurity, including seniors, veterans, and children, and these families are often forced to make tough choices to make ends meet. Every day, Second Harvest North Central Food Banks and its partners across the state see how vitally important programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) are for struggling Minnesota families.
SNAP is critical to families facing hunger, and its scope and scale could never be replaced by private charity. In fact, for each meal provided by a member of Feeding America’s national network of 200 food banks and 60,000 agency partners, of which we’re a part, SNAP provides 12. They simply could not meet the need if accessing SNAP became more difficult for Minnesotans.
Many people end up at food shelf doors because they don’t qualify for SNAP, or because the food they are able to purchase with SNAP doesn’t stretch far enough. For these individuals, the charitable food assistance network is a critical source to help them put food on the table. TEFAP is the cornerstone of the food supply for the national network of food banks, providing almost 1 in 5 meals distributed by all local hunger-relief agencies last year, and as much as 50% of food distributed in rural communities.
The decisions made by Congress during the Farm Bill process will directly impact how families struggling with hunger can put food on the table.
We urge [MEMBER OF CONGRESS] to:
- Protect SNAP by supporting the Senate SNAP provisions of the Farm Bill;
- Increase TEFAP funding in the final Farm Bill so food banks can meet the demand for nutritious food in our communities.
Thank you for your time.