There is much at stake for our neighbors—more than 800,000 Coloradans—who are at risk of hunger.
Cuts to SNAP could significantly undermine Colorado’s ability to provide food assistance to poor working families, children and seniors.
The nation’s Farm Bill governs critical anti-hunger programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. It is reauthorized every five years, and Title IV of the Farm Bill authorizes and funds SNAP — a vital safety-net for those families and individuals struggling to get by — along with other food assistance and nutrition programs. The Farm Bill expired on Sept. 30, 2013.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act with a 217-210 vote on Sept. 19. The nutrition-only farm bill, created by House leadership, slashed the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $40 billion over the next 10 years. These SNAP cuts would force millions off of the nutrition assistance program—including 55,710 Coloradans.
The Farm Bill discussions continue with the conference committee on Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet sits on this committee.
Now is not the time to cut SNAP benefits for Colorado families, children, seniors and other neighbors. It is a safety-net, not a hammock for those struggling to make ends meet.
Why does the Farm Bill matter?
SNAP offers temporary support to those affected by the economic downturn, many who are seeking employment, getting by on meager wages, or having to choose between paying medical bills and food. Every dollar matters to a family or individual trying to make ends meet.
These cuts would be in addition to the SNAP benefit reduction set for Nov. 1. All households receiving SNAP benefits will be impacted when a temporary provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which includes more than 500,000 Coloradans. The reduced monthly benefits to purchase groceries will make it more challenging for families and individuals to access nutritious food.
SNAP makes dollars and sense for Colorado. In our state, SNAP has:
- Helped create 71,985 jobs between FY 2008 and FY 2012
- Generated an estimated $3.1 billion in federal funding for Colorado retailers, including grocery stores, convenience stores, farmers markets, wholesalers and other retail food stores in the past five years
Be an advocate for a hunger-free Colorado! Let your voice be heard Contact your legislators and ask them to protect SNAP.
To learn more about the nutrition programs in the Farm Bill as well as the economic benefits of SNAP, view these informational sheets and white papers:
If your organization, agency or company would like to sign on to the fact sheet, please contact Maura Barnes, Director of Policy & Advocacy, at (303) 228-7960.