Wednesday, 19 June 2013 03:04

House to Vote on SNAP Cuts

SNAP, colloquially known as food stamps, is facing up to $20.5 billion in budget cuts. The proposed cuts would worsen food insecurity hunger in millions of Americans, hitting the most vulnerable the hardest, including children and senior citizens. Here’s what you need to know:

  •            The 2013 version of the farm bill, which greatly influences the nation’s food policy, passed the Senate last week with $4 billion in cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
  •          The bill moves on to the U.S. House of Representatives this week, where they are considering cutting $20.5 billion to SNAP.
  • ·      The proposed house cuts are five times of those in the senate proposed Farm Bill.
  • ·      The cuts would take effect in October and will lower the average SNAP benefit from about $1.50 per person to $1.30 per person.
  • ·      Low-income children who receive food assistance have better health outcomes than low-income children without such benefits.
  • ·      In the House Farm Bill, half of the savings in the entire bill are coming from SNAP.

 

Call 1-855-488-2253 to urge your local representative to protect SNAP!

 

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 14:41

Strike Out Hunger with the Atlanta Braves

This Friday, May 31st, help the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB), and Kroger “strike out hunger” at the Braves vs. Nationals Game.

From 6:30-7:00, you can benefit the ACFB by donating 20 food items or $20 and you will get a signed autograph from Braves Pitcher Luis Avilan. If you want to continue to collect autographs while helping our community, you will be pleased to find out that you can donate to the ACFB for an autograph of a Braves Pitcher at any Friday Braves home game during the 2013 season.

If you donate at the June 14th game you will receive a Craig Kimbrel autograph and at the June 28th game you will receive a Kris Medlen autograph. The Braves Pitcher autograph for the remaining games this season is still to be determined.

If you choose to donate food, please note that the items that the ACFB needs the most of are as follows:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Beans
  • Canned Soups, Stews, and Pastas
  • 100% Fruit Juice
  • Macaroni and Cheese Dinners
  • Whole Grains and Low Sugar Cereals

The ACFB distributes food to over 600 nonprofit partner agencies in metro Atlanta and north Georgia counties. The partners include food pantries, community kitchens, childcare centers, night shelters, and senior centers. However, the ACFB does more than food distribution as they also work to eradicate hunger in the long-term by supporting community gardens, helping Georgians find economic security, and other projects that engage, educate, and empower the community.

Additionally, if you choose to support ACFB, you can feel confident that your donation is truly helping their mission, as 94 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to fighting hunger in the community.

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