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SNAP National Call-In Day

We need your help to protect families from food insecurity. Today, Metro Caring joins other leading health and nutrition groups for a National Day of Action to urge Congress to keep the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) strong for families. Please consider adding your voice to these efforts!

What is SNAP?

SNAP is the nation's largest child nutrition program, serving about one in four U.S. children. SNAP lifts families out of poverty and helps them put food on the table, providing low-income families with an average of $133 in monthly resources to purchase food. Two-thirds of SNAP benefits go to families with children.

Why now?

The U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives are currently negotiating the Farm Bill, which reauthorizes SNAP. Both chambers passed different versions of the Farm Bill, and now a select group of legislators are tasked with resolving the differences between the two bills and agreeing on a final version. The Academy supported the Senate bill, but strongly opposed the House version, which included harmful cuts to SNAP.

What you can do: 

Tell your members of Congress to support the Senate Farm Bill and keep SNAP strong for families in the final Farm Bill.

Here's how: The DC office phone numbers for your members of Congress are below along with talking points to guide your outreach.

Rep. Mike Coffman (R) (202) 225-7882 
Sen. Michael Bennet (D) (202) 224-5852 
Sen. Cory Gardner (R) (202) 224-5941 

Talking points:

  • Hello. My name is {insert name}. As a community member of Metro Caring, I am urging {insert U.S. representative's/U.S. senator's name} to support the Senate Farm Bill and keep the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) strong for families in the final Farm Bill.

  • SNAP is the nation's largest child nutrition program, serving about one in four U.S. children. It lifts millions of households out of poverty and helps families put food on the table. Two-thirds of SNAP benefits go to families with children.

  • At a time when one in five children live in poverty and nearly half of all children live in low-income households, SNAP is critical to help families combat food insecurity and ensure children have the nutrition they need to grow up healthy.

  • As a pediatrician, I know child nutrition is a foundation of health. Children who are well-nourished early in life have healthier brain development, higher IQs, stronger immune systems, and better educational performance, than those who are not. 

  • The changes the House Farm Bill makes to SNAP would lead to many vulnerable children and families losing vital nutrition assistance. In fact, 62% of those who lose nutrition assistance are adults who live in households with children. The changes would also lead to hundreds of thousands of children losing access to free school meals.

  • We must keep SNAP strong for the families who rely on it. I urge {insert U.S. representative's/U.S. senator's name} to support the Senate Farm Bill and protect SNAP in the final Farm Bill.

Thank you for your time.

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