On Wednesday morning, the US House approved a bipartisan agreement on the Farm Bill, which includes funding for federal nutrition programs. The agreement includes a nearly $9 billion cut to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits over the next ten years. This reduction follows the scheduled $5 billion cut that occurred last November.
All of the Massachusetts House delegation voted “no.” The bill is expected to be presented for a vote in the Senate as early as next week. MPHA joins anti-hunger advocates in calling on our US Senator to also vote no and to reject these devastating cuts. Please joining us in contacting Senators Warren and Markey. They can be reached via the US Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121.
Over 47 million Americans rely on the assistance of SNAP and other nutritional assistance programs each month to support their health and wellbeing. The cuts in the Farm Bill will result in an estimated 850,000 households losing an average of $90 in benefits each month. According to a letter to Congress from Governor Deval Patrick, up to 125,000 families in Massachusetts will be affected. On Tuesday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined 18 other urban mayors in a letter to the House and Senate Agriculture Committee, urging them to reconsider the cuts to SNAP.