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Protect Food Assistance for Your Neighbors in Need. 

The current proposed Federal budget puts 42 million Americans at risk by reducing their access to food. The budget calls for diminishing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as the food stamp program) with one of the largest proposed cuts to the program ever. The cut is a proposed $193 billion cut nationally over ten years. Tens of millions of meals would be lost in Central Florida.

The SNAP program puts food into the hands of more than 42 million Americans; about 40% of people on SNAP are children, 25% are elderly, and the rest are largely made up of the working poor, veterans and a small portion of the unemployed. Cuts to SNAP would further hurt this already challenged population while straining the limited resources of food banks and charitable groups. Adding to the pain, states would be required to pay 25 percent of SNAP benefits under the president’s plan — for Florida, that’s $1.3 billion annually.

Hunger relief is about people on the left and the right coming together to help our neighbors in need. Advocates like you are vital right now. When you help protect critical government programs, you effectively help feed thousands of families, seniors, veterans and kids in Central Florida. Our neighbors who can't get enough to eat need your voice. Lives depend on it.

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SNAP Facts

  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly referred to as “food stamps”) is the cornerstone of the nutrition safety net, providing assistance to low-income Americans to ensure that they can get the nutrition they need.
  • As of January 2017, 42.6 million people were enrolled in SNAP. [Source: USDA.]
  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly “food stamps”) helps millions of low-income Americans put food on the table and provides benefits that are timely, targeted and temporary.
  • Nearly 90 percent (86.5%) of SNAP participants live in households that include a child, a senior or someone who is disabled. [Source: USDA, FY 2015 SNAP Characteristics Report, table A.14]
  • 65.9% of SNAP benefits go to households with children. [Source: USDA, FY 2015 SNAP Characteristics Report, table A.1]
  • Benefits currently average about $1.40 per person per meal. [Source: CBPP analysis of USDA data.]
  • While it is true that about 1 in 8 Americans currently receive SNAP benefits, this is generally linked to the fact that nearly the same number also live at or below the poverty level, which is $20,420 for a family of three in 2017. [Source: HHS]
  • Most SNAP recipients who can work, do work. 64% of participants are children, elderly, or disabled and not expected to work; 22% work full time, are in a training program or are caregivers; and the remaining 14% either work less than 30 hours a week or are unemployed. [Source: USDA]
  • Economic impact of SNAP: every SNAP dollar used generates $1.70 of economic impact.
  • Two out of three people who get SNAP benefits are children, seniors and people with disabilities who cannot work.

Bruce, 61 year old, looking for full time work, can only find temp jobs. SNAP recipient.

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Share on twitterSNAP helps put food on the table for over 20 million kids a month. #thisissnap

Share on twitterIn Florida, almost 60% of SNAP participants are families with children. #thisissnap #endhunger #feedhopenow

Share on twitterProposed SNAP cuts result in at least 4.5 billion fewer meals each year. Fewer meals = more families facing #hunger

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