I would like to share with you an email I got this morning from the Chester County Food Bank, which urged me to contact my Congressman today to tell them to vote NO on H. R. 2, also known as the Farm Bill. Some of you may feel that I am sounding like a broken record and are wishing I would find another topic to write about (don’t worry I will), but right now this is very important. If this bill passes, it will deny food to children, veterans, women and people with disabilities. The email suggests you:
Call your House Reps TODAY and tell them
“Vote NO on H.R. 2, the Farm Bill!”
The email also provided the following language, which you are free to use:
I’m calling today to voice my concerns about the House Farm Bill as it relates to SNAP. As a constituent, my concern is that the proposed cuts will be burdensome and unnecessary to food insecure Pennsylvanians and hunger relief organizations like the Chester County Food Bank. I’m asking you to oppose H.R. 2 and come up with a bipartisan bill that protects and strengthens SNAP.
The email also included the following paragraph about SNAP with a link to more information about the proposals.
SNAP is the nation’s most effective nutrition assistance program. If we don’t act, millions of Americans will lose their food aid because of big cuts. The House Ag Committee has made proposals that are harmful, unworkable, untested and wasteful. To learn more about these proposals, visit the Food Research & Action Center website.
I will move on from this topic and had actually already planned to do so, when this email came this morning. In the three plus years that I have been writing this blog, I have never experienced the outcry from hunger relief organizations against legislation that I have with this bill. This bill will hurt vulnerable people who need help.
I just got off the phone with a staffer from my Congressman’s office. He engaged in conversation and said I was not the first person who had called the office with criticism of the bill. He seemed surprised by the calls. Please call, perhaps we are getting through.
Please note: Due to formatting I could not cut and paste the actual email, but the sections in color are the exact wording from the Chester County Food Bank.