• Week of August 19, 2018

Because of your calls and letters, it’s down to the wire on SNAP (food stamps). The House version, which passed by just 2 votes, would tighten eligibility requirements and according to a Congressional Budget Office estimate, lead to some 400,000 households losing eligibility and put kids in need at risk for receiving free and reduced-price school meals. Although it also includes money for education and training programs, the effectiveness of these programs need to be evaluated before they become a pre-condition to assistance. The Senate version, which passed by much bigger margin, is the better way to go. Reconciliation of the two bills is happening now and the House conferee's have now been named.

Now is the time to make sure they know where you stand on SNAP.

Here’s how:

1 Review the Farm Bill Talking Points, Farm Bill Field Toolkit, & SNAP Fact Sheet

2 Use the toolkit to urge the House’s conferees to adopt the Senate SNAP provisions.

3 For more, read FRAC's new report, "How Hungry is America?", on how the national food hardship rate has increased in recent years.