Action of the Week

The House Agriculture Committee approved a farm bill (H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018) that would make disastrous changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) by imposing new draconian work requirements, making it harder for millions to feed their families. The majority of SNAP participants who can work, do work. Among SNAP households with at least one working-age, non-disabled adult, more than 80 percent work in the year before or after receiving SNAP, demonstrating that the program overwhelmingly supports workers who are temporarily between jobs or have insufficient income to make ends meet. The proposed changes also would allow SNAP participants just one month to find employment before they lose their benefits for an entire year. That’s punitive! It is often nearly impossible to find a new job within that time period. The new work requirements won’t do anything to address the root causes of poverty—and by reducing or eliminating SNAP benefits for an estimated two million people, the changes would exacerbate hunger and financial instability for communities that are already vulnerable.

ADVOCACY:  Please call your representative today!  Tell them to vote against H.R. 2–Keep funding SNAP and don’t burden those at the lower levels of the economic system.  SNAP is an accountable program and it works!

All U.S. Senator Contacts

All U.S. Representative Contacts

Frequently Contacted:
Sen. Pat Roberts
Phone: (202) 224-4774

Sen. Jerry Moran
Phone: (202) 224-6521

Sen. Dick Durbin
Phone: (202) 224-2152

Sen. Mark Kirk
Phone: (202) 224-2854

Sen. Claire McCaskill
Phone: (202) 224-6154

Sen. Roy Blunt
Phone: (202) 224-5721

Sen. Bob Casey
Phone: (202) 224-6324

Sen. Pat Toomey
Phone: (202) 224-4254

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EARTH IS COMING!  PLANNING AHEAD: The April 22, 2018 Earth Day Program, Beyond a Throwaway Culture: Reduce Waste-Grow Community, is complete.  Register here to receive the program in your inbox. The one-hour program includes prayers, readings, a short video, and action ideas for individuals and communities. It will help inspire, equip, and mobilize local Catholic communities to reduce the amount of disposable plastic it uses and switch to sustainable alternatives.  Watch the promo video and register for activities to be sent directly to you by clicking here.

National Immigrant Resilience Day (NIRD) is April 26, 2018!  With the rescinding of DACA, increases in deportation and incarcerations of individuals, it is imperative to stand together in our resistance!  Check out the resources here.