Send a postcard message: Mainers shouldn’t go hungry

Congressman Bruce Poliquin, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

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Who gets to eat?
Who gets to decide who gets to eat and who goes hungry?

Nobody should have to ask these questions.

Congress is about to vote on H.R. 2, the House Farm Bill, which proposes deep and harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). In its current form, this bill would increase hunger and hardship by taking food away from hard-working Mainers, including children in working families, veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities.

As people of faith and conscience, we are deeply concerned about these cuts to food assistance programs that are a critically important component of Maine’s social safety net. Putting up barriers that make it more difficult for struggling neighbors to access assistance and denying food to those who are hungry is morally wrong and dangerous.

Please sign our electronic postcard urging Representatives Poliquin and Pingree to oppose H.R. 2, the House Farm Bill:

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To: Congressman Bruce Poliquin, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
From: [Your Name]

Dear Representatives Poliquin & Pingree:


As people of faith and conscience, we are deeply concerned about H.R. 2, the House Farm Bill, which proposes deep and harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps). In its current form, this bill would increase hunger and hardship by taking food away from hard-working Mainers, including children in working families, veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities.


SNAP is one of our nation’s most important and successful anti-poverty programs, helping 40 million Americans, including 1 in 7 of our friends and neighbors here in Maine, purchase the food they need to feed their families, stay healthy, and thrive.


Here in Maine, 62 percent of SNAP participants live in households with children. Our state ranks seventh highest in the nation for food insecurity, with more than 1 in 5 Maine children sometimes living with hunger, sometimes wondering whether there will be enough food on the table.


SNAP is a critically important component of Maine’s social safety net. Putting up barriers that make it more difficult for struggling neighbors to access assistance — denying food to those who are hungry — are morally wrong and dangerous actions.


Having adequate food to eat is the most basic of human needs. No one, including you and your Congressional colleagues, should have the power to determine who gets to eat.


We urge you to oppose any cuts to SNAP.