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Summer Legislative Update

SUMMER 2013

It was less than a year ago when Congress was debating the Farm Bill and it’s up for debate once again in Washington, DC.  The Farm Bill provides guidelines for spending on many of our national nutrition programs. It is expected that both the Senate and the House will pass Farm Bill proposals that make deep cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps); in fact, as much as $20 billion may be cut from the program by the House. Those cuts would drastically decrease monthly SNAP benefits for families that receive public assistance to help pay for the high costs of heating their homes and would eliminate benefits for many working poor families with children and seniors who live on fixed incomes.

Here in Washington state a special session started last month and now the Legislature is negotiating a budget agreement which will impact Washington kids.  

At the Northwest Harvest Annual Conference last month hunger relief advocates from around Washington took the time to write personal messages to their local politicians asking them to restore and provide funding to the programs that will benefit hungry children and their families this summer.  You can take action too by visiting our website to print and fill out a placemat before the special session ends.

For more information, visit: northwestharvest.org/Advocacy