The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) is a key tool that keeps working families economically secure. SNAP participants include hard working families, unemployed workers who fell on bad luck and retirees with fixed incomes. Perhaps most importantly, 70 percent of SNAP participants live in households with children – SNAP helps families improve food security, especially during the summer months when children do not have access to free or reduced lunch at school.
In June, the Senate passed a bipartisan farm bill that will keep SNAP strong and safe for working families. The Senate bill protects SNAP while making several critical improvements. The bill strengthens the relationship between employers and SNAP recipients, invests in pilots that will maintain SNAP’s integrity, and modernizes SNAP’s supporting technology. The Farm bill that the House of Representatives passed stands in stark contrast. It would take away food assistance from 30,000 needy parents, children, veterans and working people. The bill would make big cuts in SNAP benefits, aimed directly at low-income working families with children.
To learn more about how SNAP benefits Arizona’s economy and keeps thousands of families secure, check out our fact sheet and then contact your members of Congress and encourage them to support the bi-partisan Senate version of the Farm Bill.
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