Monday, November 25, 2013

Organizing For Action Urges Obama Supporters To Lobby Boehner On SNAP Funding Cuts

A Thanksgiving-themed email for the grassroots...
Washington, DC - Organizing for Action, President Barack Obama's grassroots organization, on Monday sent an email to supporters urging them to contact House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) about a proposed $39 billion spending cut for the Food Stamps program, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The email, from Nico Probst, Director of Special Projects, had the subject line "This is mean spirited AND bad for the economy" (sic).  The House proposal has not been approved, though the email makes it sound as if it has. 

The text:


Last year, 49 million Americans struggled with hunger.

Many rely on food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to put healthy meals on the table.

This September, House leadership stripped $40 billion from this program, meaning -- if funding isn't restored -- 3.8 million Americans will be booted off food stamps next year, and many will lose the security of knowing how they'll feed their family.

Thanksgiving is a powerful reminder of just how cruel these budget cuts are to families in need. Now is a great time to speak out.

Add your name, and call on Speaker Boehner and House leaders to restore funding for food stamps that millions of families rely on.

This measure is not just mean spirited. It happens to be bad for the economy, too. Moody Analytics has found that nutrition assistance is one of the most effective forms of stimulus available, because the funds go right back into the economy.

Despite the talking points from the other side, you can't ignore the fact that about half of SNAP recipients are children. Many others are veterans, the elderly, and the working poor.

Thanksgiving is a celebration of plenty, and a time to consider our friends and neighbors who aren't as fortunate.

In that spirit, we've got to stand up for the millions of Americans who stand to lose access to this vital program.

Add your name, and tell House leaders to restore funding for food stamps:

Thanks -- more soon,


Nico Probst
Director of Special Projects
Organizing for Action

P.S. -- If you'd like to do more to support families in need this holiday season, please consider making a donation to Feeding America or contributing to a food drive in your community."