NO WORK REQUIREMENTS FOR SNAP!

NOTE:  Wed, April 25, 4-5pm: Constituent Vigil at Chris Smith’s Office!

112 Village Center Dr, Freehold.

CALL TOPIC:  The current Farm Bill expires September 30th. The House Agriculture Committee has just passed the new version of the bill which includes new strict work requirements, requiring millions of people who get food aid through SNAP (The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to either have a job or attend job training classes for 20 hours a week.

CALL SCRIPT

Let’s call Congressman Smith’s office in D.C. at 202-225-3765…

 

Caller: Hello, I am a constituent of Rep. Smith’s; may I speak with the staffer who handles agriculture and nutrition?

I’m calling to urge Rep. Smith to vote against the reauthorization of the Farm Bill if it includes any work requirements to access SNAP benefits. SNAP provides critical food assistance to working families during tough times, and helps people to reenter the workforce by providing crucial financial support while they are in between jobs. Restricting access to SNAP will only worsen poverty and hurt local economies. I ask Rep. Smith to ensure that the 2018 Farm Bill maintains food security for those who need assistance. Thank you.

If you have a personal story to relate to this issue, and are comfortable sharing it, please do – our elected officials want to hear how their policies affect our lives!

SOURCES

https://5calls.org/issue/snap-work-requirements-farm-bill

https://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/most-working-age-snap-participants-work-but-often-in-unstable-jobs

https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/04/12/601900588/republican-farm-bill-calls-on-some-snap-recipients-to-work-or-go-to-school

Caller best practices:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bh-wNrUSJgQHs7OfsOu7HMyNuCK4veyRsRH0IfibG6Q/edit?usp=sharing

https://indivisiblenj4.org

www.IndivisibleGuide.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/IndivisibleNJ4thDistrict/

Rep. Chris Smith – http://chrissmith.house.gov/contact/

Senator Cory Booker – https://www.booker.senate.gov (scroll to bottom)

Senator Bob Menendez – https://www.menendez.senate.gov/contact

Comment directly to your NJ State Legislators: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/SelectMun.asp

Comment directly to Governor Murphy: http://nj.gov/governor/contact/

Comment directly to the NJ State Attorney General: http://www.state.nj.us/lps/contactus.htm

State of NJ reps – http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/districts/municipalities.asp

NJ Governor’s Office – 609-292-6000

Study up on the issues: https://www.grbwomensinitiative.org/resources/

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