Protect food assistance for Michigan families
The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on their Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Resolution — a proposal which would balance the budget by cutting tens of billions of dollars in supports for the most vulnerable people in our community. Cuts to food assistance like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other essential services would particularly harm seniors and children in Michigan and across the country. We need to tell our members of Congress to protect Michigan families and vote NO on the resolution.
This budget resolution would:
- Make it harder for 500,000 Michigan households to buy food. The proposed budget would cut more than $10 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), plus an additional $150 billion through programmatic changes, which could harm more than a half a million food-insecure households in Michigan. This is about more than just food stamps. SNAP allows families to reduce annual health care costs through access to healthier food, and it provides a budgetary offset that allows families to better prioritize rising utility and housing costs.
- Kick kids out of school meals programs. Dramatically reduce the number of students who have access free and reduced-cost school meals. If passed, this resolution could impact more than 200 Michigan schools accounting for more than 80,000 students who are currently receiving healthy meals each school day. Ensuring that we’re meeting the nutritional needs of all students reduces absenteeism, improves health and increases academic success.
- Reduce benefits for our most vulnerable community members. Require trillions more in cuts to essential safety net programs like Medicaid, Medicare and others.
We cannot become a more prosperous, equitable community by abandoning those who are struggling to achieve financial stability for themselves and their families. Together, we must unite our friends, family and co-workers to make our voices heard and stop this budget from becoming law.