Protect Food Assistance (SNAP) Rally in Raleigh, 5/8/18

Excited about this event in Raleigh on Tuesday on saving food stamps for those who depend on them. The Farm Bill would hurt so many people.

NC NOW President Gailya Paliga is emcee. Main speakers are Beth Messersmith from MomsRisingNC and Brian Kennedy II, from NC’s Budget and Tax Center. The Raging Grannies are coming with original music. Please join us!

Also, there is a social media campaign on this with some organizations. #HandsOffSnap. 

Here are the specifics of the rally.

See more at the press release at NC NOW Press Releases.

What: Rally to protest the Farm Bill, in particular proposed cuts to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) 
When: Tuesday, May 8, 11:30 am – 12:30 am
Where: Federal Building, 310 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh NC 27601
Who: NC National Organization for Women, the Budget and Tax Center of NC Justice Center, Moms Rising, and Indivisible
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2011389202444175/

More information on Congress’ Farm Bill attacks on SNAP.

1. Brian Kennedy II, Public Policy Fellow with the Budget and Tax Center of the NC Justice Center said, “Rather than helping those in need by providing job training opportunities or ensuring workers earn a living wage, this proposal seeks to take away their food. The effects of these harsh changes will be felt by everyone, including parents raising children, people with disabilities, older workers, low-wage workers, and those unable to find jobs.”

2. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

“[T]he plan includes sweeping, aggressive new work requirements that would likely prove unworkable and do substantially more harm than good, fueling increases in hunger and poverty. These provisions would force states to develop large new bureaucracies, but research suggests that these requirements would do little to increase employment.This expensive and risky approach runs counter to evidence-based policy making”.

“Moreover, experience suggests that the bill’s proposed work requirements would leave substantial numbers of low-income people who have various barriers to employment — such as very limited skills or mental health issues like depression — with neither earnings nor food assistance.”

https://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/house-agriculture-committees-farm-bill-would-increase-food-insecurity-and

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