Act Now: The 2013 Farm Bill
Congress is writing the farm bill right now. Lawmakers need to hear from you.
Call or email your members of Congress and tell them to ensure a place at the table for all people by protecting and strengthening the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and international food aid in the farm bill.
Scroll down for more information and resources.
About the 2013 Farm Bill
Every five years, Congress must renew the farm bill, which governs federal farm and food policy, including SNAP and international food aid programs. The farm bill presents an opportunity to continue, alter, or discontinue federal farm and nutrition programs.
The current farm bill will expire at the end of September, 2013.
SNAP (food stamps)
In 2012, the House and Senate Agriculture Committees considered farm bills that included cuts to SNAP.
- The Senate bill would have cut SNAP by $4.5 billion over ten years.
- The House version was even more severe: it would have cut SNAP by $16 billion over ten years.
If enacted these cuts would have increased hunger by reducing benefits for thousands of SNAP households and kicked millions of recipients off the program.
Watch how SNAP benefitted a young Philadelphia family during a difficult time:
Excerpt from "A Place at the Table," courtesy Participant Media and Magnolia Pictures.
International Food Aid
- Last year’s Senate proposal included common sense reforms to international food aid programs. The bill encouraged purchasing food aid from local farmers, which in many cases is faster, cheaper and would in turn help them become more self sufficient.
- However, the House proposal cut international food aid quality programs by more than 95 percent. These programs target the nutritional needs of those at risk of life-threatening hunger and malnutrition, including children in the critical thousand-day window between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday.
Cuts to international food aid will result in hunger and reduced opportunities for millions of people.
Watch how proper nutrition increases the potential for a young girl in Bangladesh:
- Get the facts about SNAP
- International Food Aid Fact Sheet
- SNAP - Categorical Eligibility 101
- Preparing for pushback (2012 Domestic Nutrition Q&A)
- List of members of the House Agriculture Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee
- Printable sample letter for an Offering of Letters
- Check out BreadBlog for updates, stories, and facts on the farm bill