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Take Action: Tell Congress Not to Pay for Child Nutrition with Food Stamp Benefits

August 6, 2010

Tell your Congressperson we do not support paying for child nutrition by cutting food stamp benefits from low-income households.

Last night the Senate passed it’s version of Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) known as the “Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010.” CNR determines funding and access to school meals.

Sadly, Senators plan to pay for child nutrition, and another fiscal aid bill, by cutting funding for food stamp benefits that increased under the stimulus package. Both child nutrition and food stamps programs are necessary, but they are not interchangeable: only a portion of CNR funding goes to child hunger initiatives, while all of food stamp funding fights hunger.

If both CNR and the fiscal aid bill are passed, the food stamp/SNAP program will lose $14 billion. Starting in November 2013, a family of three would receive $47 less per month in benefits. 40 million people rely on food stamp benefits; now is not the time to cut them.

NYCCAH opposes the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 because we oppose cutting food stamp benefits to fund other legislation.

Urge the House of Representatives to reject the Senate bill and move quickly to pass its version of Child Nutrition Reauthorization. To contact your Congressperson, go here. Use the script below to call them, or write them an email:

“Hello, my name is ___________ and I want to urge Representative _____________ to oppose the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 until Congress finds a way to pay for it without reducing food stamps/SNAP benefits.

I support Child Nutrition Reauthorization, but if the House is serious about ending child hunger by 2015 as President Obama pledged, it will find a way to pay for CNR without taking funding from the 40 million people who rely on food stamps. I want to urge Representative_______ to find another offset to pay for CNR, and to leave food stamp funding alone.”

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