One in seven Michigan residents relies on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to access the nutritious food their families need to grow and thrive. Join us in telling our elected officials to protect SNAP in the final version of the Farm Bill.
One in seven Michigan residents relies on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to access the nutritious food they need to live healthy lives. The majority of SNAP participants are seniors, children and people with disabilities. Others are struggling working families who need support during times of crisis.
At United Way, we work to build strong and healthy communities. SNAP helps achieve this goal by pulling families in Southeastern Michigan out of poverty, bridging gaps in household income, increasing participation in local economies and ensuring that children have access to fresh, nutritious food.
This program has traditionally received strong bipartisan support, but it is at risk. The changes to SNAP proposed in the U.S. House version of the Farm Bill would weaken all these efforts and make it harder for families in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to put food on the table.
Specifically, the bill passed by the House would:
The proposed changes to eligibility and benefit restrictions would result in millions of people losing access to food assistance altogether. Not only will this harm SNAP recipients, it will negatively impact entire communities. For every $1 spent, $1.70 in local economic activity is generated. These changes to SNAP will reduce spending in local grocery stores which may lead to reduced hours for their employees.
By contrast, the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill is a bipartisan compromise that protects access to SNAP, supports household food security and will strengthen the economic stability of our communities. A conference committee is negotiating a compromise between the two bills. Join us in urging our representatives to protect SNAP in the final version of the Farm Bill.