I’ve talked a great deal about my childhood poverty, and I’m not going to talk about it again now (if you’d like to know more, you can read about it over at Dresden’s blog here).
But I know that without the food stamps my mom and I received when I was a little girl were absolutely, positively, the only reason we had food to eat. At all.
And now, they are talking about cutting funding to the program that offers this same small bit of grace to families that are currently struggling.
This pisses me right the fuck off.
Share Our Strength has reached out to some bloggers asking us to talk about the Farm Bill – which also covers all of the funding for SNAP, the program that provides families with the debit cards that are today’s version of food stamps.
Apparently, major cuts to SNAP are currently on the table. Share Our Strength states it this way:
Members of Congress are working to reauthorize the Farm Bill, legislation that provides funding for the SNAP program and for the SNAP education program. Drastic cuts to SNAP are on the table for the Farm Bill, and nearly half of all SNAP participants are children. If Congress cuts funding for this poverty-relieving program, it will affect millions of children and families, leaving them even more vulnerable to hunger. As one of the wealthiest nations in the world, we cannot afford to let our children go hungry. Ensuring our children have enough to eat must be a priority for our nation.
Do you know how a family qualifies for SNAP? A family of four would earn $1,800 a month or less. Take a minute and add up your bills; how easily could you go on $1,800 for a family of four? For me, that’s pretty much our mortgage and a couple utility bills, without much else.
Here are some hunger facts from Share Our Strength.
• 1 in 5 kids in America doesn’t get enough to eat.
• Nearly 50% of SNAP participants are children.
• More than 46 million Americans – a majority of whom are seniors, children, or people
with disabilities – rely on SNAP to feed their families.
• The average monthly SNAP benefit = $1.48 per meal
• More than two-thirds of the funds in the most recent Farm Bill help feed these hungry
kids through Federal Nutrition Programs.
If you have a heart (and I know you do), you care about children being hungry. Go here and ask Congress to spare SNAP and pass the Farm Bill without severe cuts.
I was not compensated for this post. It’s just an issue near and dear to my heart.