Congress on the verge of voting on a bipartisan farm bill

December 11, 2018

Thanks to your advocacy efforts over the past year, this compromise bill does not include any of the harmful policies the House narrowly passed in June. Instead, the bill includes several provisions to strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and to improve international food aid. This is great news! 

The bill could come to a vote on the House and Senate floors as early as this week. Your voice is needed once more to ensure the bill continues to help end hunger.  

Call (800-826-3688) or email your members of Congress today. Urge them to pass a strong bipartisan farm bill that continues to strengthen SNAP and improve international food aid programs.  

Domestically, the bill includes additional funding for employment and training programs targeting older Americans, the formerly incarcerated and other individuals with substantial barriers to employment. On the international front, the bill allows the McGovern-Dole Food for Education program the flexibility to purchase from local farmers and food markets, thereby improving the nutritional quality of the food served to children participating in the program.

While more can and should be done to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world, this bill is a good bipartisan compromise. It rejects harmful cuts to domestic food assistance that would negatively impact millions of people experiencing hunger. It also makes vital reforms to international food aid programs.

Your voice has made a difference in this farm bill debate. 

Call (800-826-3688) or email your members of Congress today. Urge them to pass a strong bipartisan farm bill that continues to strengthen SNAP and improve international food aid programs.  

Your voice is needed once more to ensure the bill continues to help end hunger.  

Tools
from our Resource Library

For Education

  • Election Resources

    One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns. Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources.
  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Conflict and Fragility Are Hunger Issues

    Conflict is a main driver of the recent increase in hunger around the world and of forced migration. Hunger also contributes to conflict.

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.

    The Bible on...

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

For Advocacy