There are hundreds of thousands of Nebraska families that struggle with hunger, and food security programs are some of the most-effective ways to make sure that every Nebraskan – children, seniors, veterans, and other hard-working people – are able to get the food they need.
Friday, a group of 10 Nebraska organizations sent a letter to Nebraska’s three House members urging them to protect resources for food security initiatives in the federal budget like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), school breakfast and lunch efforts, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, and others.
Many of these programs have been targeted for enormous cuts by the House Budget Committee’s 2018 budget resolution marked up this week.
“The scourge of hunger would be far greater, however, without the assistance families receive as part of cost-effective nutrition safety net programs…” an excerpt of the letter reads.
“As Nebraskans we share many common values, including the belief that in the middle of the world’s breadbasket, no child, veteran, senior citizen, individual with a disability, or parent struggling to make ends meet should go hungry,” the letter continues. “We respectfully urge you to protect federal nutrition assistance programs from block grants and other structural changes and protect these programs from arbitrary budget cuts that target the most vulnerable among us.”
Appleseed will join other state and national advocacy groups in fighting to protect these important work-support programs that help hard-working people meet their basic needs and get ahead.
We encourage you to lift up your own voice and call the local office of your U.S. Representative. Let them know fighting hunger in Nebraska is important to you, and they must not vote to cut funding to programs that combat hunger in our state.
Dist. 1 – Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (402) 438-1598 Dist. 2 – Rep. Don Bacon (402) 938-0300
Dist. 3 – Rep. Adrian Smith (308) 384-3900