What government programs are being affected?
SNAP, the acronym for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program which is the long name for Food Stamps.
CNR, the acronym for the Child Nutrition Reauthorization, which is the "bill passed by the Senate this afternoon will increase hunger in America by cutting SNAP (food stamp) benefits" (Food and Action Research Center, 2010).
How are these programs/bills being affected?
Cutting Funding from SNAP in order to fund parts of CNR.
Who is affected?
"America’s 40 million neediest people" (Food and Action Research Center, 2010)
What has happened?
The CNR bill that takes funds from SNAP has already been passed by the Senate but can be rejected by The House of Representatives and pass H.R.5504 instead.
How can we make a difference and engage the children in an activity?
Paper Plates! Yes, that is right, paper plates. FRAC has been promoting the Paper Plate Campaign to make an impression on Congress. Go here http://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/paper_plate_campaign.pdf for how to execute this great plan but all you really need are:
1) Some paper plates, crayons or markers, scissors, glue, and pictures of children and food from magazines;
2) Messages for the Plates:
- Yes to CNR. No to SNAP cuts. Let's end hunger.
- Pass H.R. 5504.
- Take the first step on 2015. Pass H.R. 5504
3) the kids and their imagination and excitement; and
4) delivery to your site office.
You can find ALL of the details and some great suggestions as well as the perfect messages Here.
Today is your day to make a difference and what a fun way to do it. Feel like some Inspiration?
FRAC's Facebook page has some wonderful pictures of successful participants
Food and Action Research Center. (2010). Legislative Action Center: FRAC.org. Retrieved 2010, from FRAC: Food Research and Action Center: http://frac.org/legislative-action-center/