The Ryan Budget Proposal and What it Would Mean for Families

SNAP & WIC

We need you to call Congress today. Here’s why.

A recently-released budget proposal in the House of Representatives – often referred to as the Ryan budget - would be devastating to SNAP. The proposal would lead to up to $125 billion in cuts to the program and would lead to millions of families and children losing access to the program entirely.

The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities crunched the numbers this week to show what this would mean to American families struggling to put food on their tables. (You can check out their findings here.) According to their calculations:

  • Up to 13 million people in need would be cut from the program if these cuts come from restricting eligibility.
  • Families would see their benefits cut by more than $50 per person per month in 2019. As the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities points out, “Put another way, the maximum SNAP benefit would be set at just 73 percent of the Thrifty Food Plan, the Agriculture Department’s estimate of the minimum amount a family needs to afford a bare-bones, nutritionally adequate diet.”

It’s important to remember that half of all SNAP participants are children, and the program provides a critical role in making sure that, even when their families face tough economic times, children are still able to get the healthy food they need.

SNAP is one of our nation’s most effective anti-poverty programs and cuts like those included in this budget proposal will leave millions of children without access to the food they need to thrive.

We need your help. Pick up the phone today and call the House of Representatives switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Tell them you’d like to be connected to your representative in the House and provide your zip code. When you reach your Representative’s office, tell them: “I’m concerned about the wellbeing of our nation’s children and I am strongly opposed to cuts to SNAP and other federal nutrition programs, like those included in the House Budget Resolution. As a constituent, I ask that your office oppose these proposed cuts.”

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