Fifty years ago President Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964 into law. The legislation made the food stamp program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), permanent. SNAP has helped to keep food on the table and in the fridges of families for five decades. It is also the program that helps keep children and families healthy in time of need. Yet, despite its success, SNAP often faces political attacks that result in cuts to its funding.
One significant cut occurred a year ago on November 1, 2013. Everyone participating in SNAP saw their benefits reduced, meaning less food and fewer meals. The impact of this and other cuts help to show the importance of SNAP and demonstrates why it should be strengthened and celebrated instead of demonized and diminished.
It is critical that we learn and share more about SNAP – what it really does for individuals and families and why it is so important to millions of Americans. We need to help people understand that the program is a strong anti-poverty measure that helps families thrive.
That’s why on Thursday, October 30 from 2:00-4:00, community members, advocates, and organizations will take to social media to talk about the importance of SNAP. St. Francis Inn Ministries will be one of the organizations that will participate in this social media campaign. Please join the conversation by tweeting and posting pictures and statements by what SNAP means to you with the hashtag #snap4snap.