What’s the State of SNAP in Tennessee?
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FRAC Legislative Update
Farm Bill: Senate and House Agriculture Committee leaders reportedly held a closed door meeting to discuss the Farm Bill on November 6th; a second public meeting of Senate/House Farm Bill conferees has not been set. Each chamber’s Farm Bill (S. 3240, H.R. 2642) contains SNAP cuts that FRAC opposes; with the House bill proposing nearly $40 billion in ten-year SNAP cuts. Meanwhile, on a separate track, Senate and House budget conferees are due to conclude ironing out differences on the FY 2014 Budget by mid-December 2013.
Protect and Strengthen SNAP: Pending bills would strengthen SNAP. One set of bills (H.R. 3108, H.R. 3353 and S. 1635) offered by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) would continue the November 2013 ARRA SNAP boost. It is estimated that the ARRA boost cuts amount to $5 billion FY 2014 and a total of $11 billion within several years. H.R. 2384, offered by Rep. Peter Deutch (D-FL) would improve SNAP benefit allotments by replacing the Thrifty Food Plan with the Low Cost Food Plan as the basis for calculating SNAP benefits. Follow this link tolists of cosponsors for these bills.
Thanks to FRAC for sharing their legislative update with us!
What is the SNAP Challenge?
This challenge is open to all individuals and involves living on what would be the weekly SNAP (food stamps) allowance in Tennessee for 5 days, so you can get a sense of what it would be like to subsist on SNAP. This means spending only $4.20 per day, per person, on everything that you eat, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, seasonings and drinks.
How the challenge works:
- You can choose to take the challenge for any 5 to 7 day period. (The 2013 Community Food Advocates’ SNAP Challenge was Oct 28th through November 1st during SNAP Action Week.)
- Spend no more than $4.20 per day, per person, including beverages.
- Only buy and eat/drink items that are allowed to be purchased with SNAP.
- Don’t use food already on hand unless you deduct the value from your daily amount. Salt and pepper do not count against the daily cost allowance, but all other seasoning, cooking oils, condiments, snacks and drinks do.
- Try to include fresh produce and a healthy protein each day.
- Don’t accept food from family, friends, co-workers and others. Avoid free food anywhere. No outside food or dining out is permitted since you cannot use SNAP benefits on hot meals.
- You many need to cut coupons or search grocery paper ads on days that items are discounted.
- Keep a log of what was bought and eaten for each meal, as well as grocery receipts.
- Keep a daily journal of the experience. Did you feel deprived or restricted? Did you eat differently than usual? Were you hungry?
Monthly SNAP benefits for ALL SNAP households will decline on November 1, 2013
When will I see the drop in benefits?
Cuts go into effect on November 1, 2013, so the SNAP benefits you receive will be less in November and each month after. This is a permanent benefit cut.
How much will my total benefit cut be?
SNAP benefits are based on monthly income and expenses and household size. Your actual benefit cut will vary according to household, but the chart below provides the maximum cut that each household size could experience. For specific information about your SNAP case please call the Tennessee Department of Human Services Family Assistance Service Center at 1 (866) 311-4287.
Why are my benefits going down?
SNAP benefits are being cut because of legislative decisions made by the United States Congress in 2010. You should be aware that Congress is considering additional cuts to SNAP benefit levels and eligibility. Learn more here: www.feedingamerica.org/SNAPCuts.
Where can I get additional support?
Need food assistance?
Call 211 or Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee at (615)329-3491
Need SNAP assistance or have other questions?
Call Community Food Advocates at (615) 385-2286
Join us October 24th as we celebrate Food Day, a nationwide celebration and movement towards a more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food system!
National Food Day was created by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest to engage a diverse coalition of food movement leaders, organizations, and people from all walks of life in addressing multifaceted food system issues including health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare, and farm worker justice. The ultimate goal of Food Day is to strengthen and unify the food movement in order to improve our nation’s food policies. And, the most important ingredient in Food Day is YOU! We hope you’ll join us.
WHAT: Nashville’s Food Day Celebration
WHEN: October 24th 5:00PM – 8:00PM
WHERE: Downtown Presbyterian Church, 154 5th Ave N Nashville, TN 37219
WHAT: Use October 24 as a year-long catalyst for supporting your local food system and eating a healthier diet. Join Community Food Advocates and many other food security supporters on the 24th to honor local food advocates with the Real Food Hall of Fame awards, enjoy door prizes, children’s activities, free food and a screening of A Place At The Table followed by a discussion.
For more information about Nashville Food Day and other local events visit the National Food Day site here.
The future and funding of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits is uncertain as the Farm Bill continues to be negotiated. Additionally, effective November 1, all SNAP participants experienced a monthly benefit cut. A household of three will lose $29. For families already choosing between buying groceries and paying the utility bill or filling their car with gas, these cuts will only make it harder for them to put food on the table.
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD
Take a minute and make a call:
Find your Representative - http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
Sample Message- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is a profoundly important program for tens of millions of low-income people in our country, boosting food security and with well-documented benefits to child and adult health and well-being as well as the economy. As your constituent, I urge you to encourage support SNAP funding so our community can maintain it’s first defense against hunger.
Thank you for your support to protect vulnerable Tennesseans first defense against hunger!
To support Community Food Advocates’ work to protect low-income Tennesseans from losing access to healthy foods during this difficult time, please show your support today.
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