Farm Bill 2013: 26 Members of Congress Take the SNAP Challenge to Protest Cuts
n an effort to show how weak our food-stamp programs are, 26 members of Congress have decided to reduce their grocery budgets to $4.50 per day, the going rate for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Accordingly, the feat has been named the “SNAP Challenge,” and is essentially a way for these 26 Democratic representatives to publicize how poor the availability of high-quality food is at lower incomes.
The participation of these congressmen and congresswomen is in response to a recent farm bill which would cut off 2 million Americans from the valuable nutrition assistance program, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. The changes in the farm bill are set to reduce spending, cutting SNAP by more than $20 billion over the next decade. Those hit hardest by the change are “low-income people, mostly working families with children and senior citizens.”
Here is the full list of those participating. Guess which Political Party is not represented?