Connecticut Food Bank: Help Fight SNAP Cuts

Clubs and Organizations

May 27, 2017

While most people will look forward to a holiday weekend enjoying time with their families and cookouts, more than 400,000 people in Connecticut will spend it wondering how they would get their next meal. The President's proposed budget calls for massive cuts to food assistance programs and the safety net. As a friend of the Connecticut Food Bank, We urge you to tell Congress and the President that support for these vital programs must continue.

The proposed cuts are unprecedented:

Cuts of $193 billion over 10 years from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will eliminate 45 billion meals for program participants. More than 400,000 people in Connecticut right now rely on SNAP to help them meet basic nutritional needs. And Connecticut children make up more than 35% of SNAP participants in the state. They are among the 42 million Americans who will be hurt by these cuts.

Cutting $27 million in the next year to The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) will reduce by 33 million meals available to people in need through food banks, local pantries and emergency shelters. TEFAP represents about 25% of the food the Connecticut Food Bank distributes each year.

Other safety net programs face similar, crippling cuts: $800 billion cut from Medicaid; a $40 billion cut to the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit; and elimination of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

These proposed cuts will devastate struggling families and increase pressure on the Connecticut Food Bank to meet rising needs.

We urgently need your help now.

Please contact your legislator to let them know you oppose cuts to funding that would cripple programs like SNAP, TEFAP and other parts of the safety net for so many Americans. Call 202-225-3121 to get connected to your legislator's Washington office. Or visit our Advocates page to find other ways to get in touch.

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