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Advocacy Alert! Three steps toward better food security

On Monday, March 11, the White House introduced its 2020 budget proposal that cuts the popular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP that is widely known as food stamps) by $220 billion over the next ten years and recycles some old and ineffective ideas. The proposal is a blueprint for increasing hunger and poverty for hard-working Americans and worsening public health. According the the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), “These cuts, on top of massive cuts to Medicaid, housing assistance and other supports for low- and moderate-income people, represent a proposal to abandon some of the best and most important investments in the nation’s greatest resource — its people.”

At the same time, in our Washington State, lawmakers are debating multiple bills and budget priorities that will improve access to healthy fruits and vegetables and increase food security for Washingtonians. Here are three simple steps, suggested by our partner Northwest Harvest, you can take right now that will make a big difference:

  1. Sign on and share the community sign-on letter, asking WA lawmakers to pass 1587. Sign on as an individual and encourage organizations you are part of to sign on as well for a bigger impact.
  2. Sign on and share the community sign-on letter, supporting funding for Farm to School and Farm to Food Pantry. Sign on as an individual and encourage organizations you are part of to sign on as well for a bigger impact.
  3. At the federal level, submit your public comment on a rule that threatens to take food off the tables of nearly 755,000 underemployed and unemployed Americans. Make sure you personalize your letter so that it counts as a unique comment.
Thank you for taking action! When we stand up for our values together, we win.

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