This holiday season, RuralOrganizing.org launched a digital campaign to fight back against the Trump Administration's changes to SNAP. To date, nearly 80,000 people have taken action in our campaign—and were just getting started.
SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program commonly referred to as "food stamps," is a federal nutrition program that’s critical for fighting hunger in the United States. According to Feeding America, "SNAP provides families with their basic nutritional needs to get them through temporary hard times. It helps people get back on their feet and on the road to a better life.”
According to Lisa Pruitt, a scholar at the University of California-Davis, “Work requirements are disproportionately harmful in rural communities because of a dearth of public transportation, lack of access to child care where needed and very few available jobs.”However, the Trump Administration has been working for the last three years to undermine SNAP as part of their agenda to limit access to public assistance programs.
The newly-announced attack on SNAP is especially outrageous because Congress rejected these proposed changes to the program during the Farm Bill debate last year. The House rejected it in a bipartisan vote of 330-83, and the Senate voted down a similar amendment 68-30.
But now, Sonny Perdue, Trump’s Secretary of Agriculture, is moving forward with these changes through an undemocratic “executive order” that targets very poor people struggling to work — many of whom are homeless, living in small towns and rural communities with little or no access to employment, or have health conditions that prevent them from working.
There's still time to act!
We are demanding that U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary, Sonny Perdue stop the implementation of the recently announced changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) canceling work-requirement waivers for hundreds of thousands of participants. If you haven't already signed our petition, you can do so here.
The next step in our campaign is sending messages directly to USDA Secretary, Sonny Perdue. You can send your message by clicking this button.