Friday, February 6, 2009

Nutrition Funding At Risk In Senate Economic Recovery Package--Urgent Action Needed

A proposed amendment to the Senate version of the economic recovery package could put hunger relief programs on the chopping block.  A group of moderate Democrats and conservative Senators, opposed to the rapidly rising price tag of the legislation, have offered an amendment that cuts most of the funding for nutrition programs such as Food Stamps/SNAP and the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) out of the legislation.  Removing these programs from the recovery package could be devastating to low-income Americans and the food banks that serve them.  They could vote as early as tonight!

Time is running out.

The Senate could be on the verge of voting on this amendment.  It is up to the anti-hunger community to stand up for hungry Americans.  And we need to act fast.   

You can help by calling the Senate switchboard right now at 202-224-3121, and you will be connected to your Senators' office.  If the switchboard is busy, follow the link and dial your Senators' office directly.

Tell your Senators to oppose any efforts to reduce the bill's planned investments in nutrition programs.  Hungry Americans deserve an economic recovery package that at the very least includes the funding for nutrition assistance that was in the Committee bill.

The Senate could vote as early as Friday evening, so call your Senators now!!