The Farm Bill is one of the biggest and most influential pieces of legislation in our government today. It covers our entire agriculture and food system. The bill includes 15 major sections covering everything from government support of crops, livestock, nutrition, trade, agriculture research to food assistance programs such as SNAP and the school lunch program.
The Farm Bill is reassessed and reauthorized every five years. It is always politically charged! This year the debate is especially important because it is an election year. Even though we live in a big metropolitan area, we as a group most learn and understand the information and let our legislators hear what we have to say about the Farm Bill.
SNAP provides basic sustenance for people who are food insecure.
- 80% of the dollars included in the Farm Bill are allocated to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formally known as food stamps. SNAP kept five million people above the poverty line in 2010.
- One in seven Americans currently receives SNAP benefits.
In the most recent discussions – proposals are on the table to cut 23 billion dollars from the Farm Bill over the next 10 years. The most significant cuts are coming from the SNAP budget. As Americans and Jews, we cannot stand for these cuts. We understand the budget pressures faced by our Government. But we cannot allow our legislators to balance the Federal Budget on the backs of the most vulnerable Americans.
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Congressmen Gary Peters and Hansen Clarke at Yad Ezra and JCRC's hunger Seder.
Congressman Hansen Clarke, Yad Ezra President Richard Simtob, Rabbi Joseph Krakoff, JCRC President Sharon Lipton, Congressman Gary Peters, State Representative Lisa Brown, and Congressman John Conyers Jr.
Jserve teens help volunteer before hunger seder