- Action Alert
- Economic Justice
The House Farm Bill Could Leave Millions Hungry
The farm bill passed by the House Agriculture Committee could force a million people off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). SNAP helps more than 40 million people put food on the table and prevent hunger.
The House farm bill makes existing work requirements for SNAP even harsher. Individuals would have just a month to find a job or enter a qualified job training program before they lose SNAP benefits. And every month they must prove they are working the required amount.
Work is important, but SNAP is not a jobs program. It is an anti-hunger program, and it is extremely effective.
If Congress is serious about getting more people into the workforce, raising wages, and creating jobs, then it should look to invest in existing workforce programs, programs Congress has been cutting for years. Instead, this bill creates a huge new bureaucracy that states must implement with woefully insufficient funding.
Individuals hit hardest by this bill are people with disabilities, low-income working parents, seniors, and individuals with serious barriers to employment.
We believe that God dwells in each human soul. Each person has the right to live a life of dignity with access to basic necessities.
The bill will next go to the floor for a vote before the full House of Representatives.