What is the SNAP Helps Us All campaign?
The SNAP Helps Us All campaign, created by the Sacramento Hunger Coalition and the California Hunger Action Coalition, provides an opportunity for you to tell policymakers why the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, CalFresh in California) is important to you. Many in Congress want to cut SNAP by billions of dollars at a time when countless numbers of Americans are struggling to feed their families.
These cuts would come on top of reductions in food benefits that are already scheduled to take effect November 1. If Congress cuts SNAP further, millions of people will be in danger of going hungry, and that might include you!
Why should you get involved?
You should get involved because SNAP helps Us ALL! For every dollar a person receives in food assistance, $1.79 goes back into the economy–and that helps our local communities thrive. If Congress cuts SNAP, millions of families will be forced to spend less on food which will hurt businesses’ sales, reduce state and local sales tax revenues and cost jobs.
Deep cuts to SNAP would put our future prosperity at stake! SNAP helps ensure that children are well nourished and can succeed in school which increases the likelihood that kids will grow up to be productive workers and members of society. In this sense, SNAP is an investment in our future. It helps us build a productive workforce that can lead us to greater prosperity for all.
Take Action TODAY!
Congress will vote on Wednesday or Thursday (Sept. 18th or 19th) on the proposed $40 billion in cuts to SNAP. Starting today, please engage EVERYONE that you can to join the campaign! It’s easy to do and everyone can participate! See below to learn how you can get involved.
Tell your story about how SNAP helps you and your family and send a message to Congress to reject any cuts to food assistance!
How can I participate in SNAP Helps Us All?
Participating is easy!
How Individuals Can Participate:
1. Get a paper plate or piece of paper or cardboard and write “SNAP Helps Us All” at the top. Then write a short sentence explaining what SNAP means to you. You could write one of these sentences or create your own:
- SNAP means I can feed my kids while I look for work.
- SNAP means I can eat three meals a day.
- SNAP helps me afford fruit and vegetables.
- SNAP helps me stretch my paycheck to the end of the month.
- Make sure you use a dark marker and write clearly with big letters so everyone can read your statement.
2. Have someone use a smart phone to take a picture of you holding your plate. See SHA’s example above.
3. Tweet the sentence you wrote on your plate with your photo.
Make sure you include the hashtags #SNAPHelpsUsAll and#NoCutsToSNAP
(a hashtag helps organize tweets and it will make sure that all the photos can be accessed on in the Internet in one place).
For example, your tweet might say:
- SNAP means I can feed my kids while I look for work #SNAPHelpsUsAll #NoCutsToSNAP
4. If you have the space (tweets can only be 140 characters) you can include one or more of these other hashtags: #SNAPworks #FoodStamps #FarmBill
5. Spread the word! After you tweet your photo, ask people you know to tweet their own photos and statements. You don’t have to be a SNAP recipient to participate. For example:
- Teachers could tweet “SNAP helps my students focus in class because they’ve had enough to eat.”
- Store owners could tweet “SNAP means that low-income families in my neighborhood can afford to buy groceries at my store.”
- Business owners could tweet “For every $1 in SNAP benefits spent, $1.79 goes back into the economy.”
If you don’t have a twitter account or don’t know how to use twitter, you can also email your photo and statement to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll tweet the photo for you. We can only tweet the photo if you agree to a media release (copy and paste the media release into your email. This will serve as your consent to the media release).
How Agencies and Organizations Can Participate
1. Show your clients the image of SNAP recipients being shown to Congress. (See the attached document with links to the video.)
2. Ask your clients to tell their story on a paper plate or piece of paper or cardboard (see how individuals can participate above).
3. Have your clients sign a media release form agreeing to allow you to tweet their photo, then tweet their statement along with their photo and the hashtags #SNAPHelpsUsAll and #NoCutsToSNAP, as described above.
More Information You Can Share
- DO something TODAY to help YOUR community and our most vulnerable populations …low-income children, seniors & disabled…keep food on the table!
- THE VOTE TO CUT $40 BILLION DOLLARS from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP or CalFresh in California) WILL happen this week! You should ACT NOW because SNAP truly does help Us ALL! For every dollar a person receives in food assistance, $1.79 goes back into the economy… and that helps our local communities thrive. If Congress cuts SNAP, millions of families will be forced to spend less on food which will hurt businesses’ sales, reduce state and local sales tax revenues, and cost jobs.
- Deep cuts to SNAP would put our future prosperity at stake! SNAP helps ensure that children are well nourished and can succeed in school which increases the likelihood that kids will grow up to be productive workers and members of society. In this sense, SNAP is an investment in our future. It helps us build a productive workforce that can lead us to greater prosperity for all.
- SNAP recipients will already experience a reduction in benefits starting November 1st at a time when other safety net programs are being cut and affordable housing is on the decline. We can’t solve all of these problems today but YOU CAN do something to demand no cuts to SNAP to help keep food on the table.