Faith Leaders Urge Rep. Bilirakis To Protect SNAP Food Benefits for Mothers, Children


May 14, 2018



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Faith Leaders Urge Rep. Bilirakis To Protect SNAP Food Benefits for Mothers, Children


TARPON SPRINGS, Fla. -- On Monday, May 14th, faith leaders called on Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ to reject cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the Farm Bill that would reduce or eliminate food assistance for 2 million Americans, including low-income working families, children, seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans. The House is expected to vote on this legislation this week.


Religious leaders and local farmers’ market advocates that accept SNAP/EBT also delivered a moral declaration signed by over 500 people of faith to Rep. Bilirakis’ office demanding lawmakers do the right thing and reject these immoral policies that will increase suffering, hunger and poverty. To view the full list of signers, click here. To view the livestream of the event, click here.


Rev. Dr. Russell Meyer, FL Council of Churches:

"The proposed SNAP cuts take food out of the mouths of babies. It takes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from children so that CEOs can have caviar. Everything they are proposing to from SNAP is meant to shore up the hole created in the budget by the tax cuts. The tax cuts was supposed to take us into a new economy that benefitted everybody. That is not happening. Now they want to take away from children, veterans and the elderly to pay for it. Rep. Bilirakis should reject these cuts and should encourage increase funds to feeding programs."


Rev. James Golden, AME:

"The cost of compassion is not nearly as meaningful as the price for not being compassionate. People in need of representation because they have nothing have every right to expect compassion from those who have more. We are dependent on our representatives to make sure that everybody has what they need. Food is an absolute necessity that cannot be negotiated away in the interests of fiscal policy."


Shannon Love, Impacted Person:

"Reducing SNAP benefits directly impacts over 200,000 people in Pasco and Pinellas Counties and directly impacts children's ability to grow. I was one of those children. I know that SNAP works because it worked for me when my mother had a hard time putting food on the table as a kid."




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