Speak up for families so we can all live up to our full potential.
President Trump released his federal budget blueprint on Monday, January 12, containing ominous implications for Colorado communities, families and individuals, and economy, including eliminating all funding for SNAP-Ed and cutting SNAP by 30%. Thankfully, this budget blueprint is not a piece of legislation; it is a wish list of policies that the President hopes will guide Congress when they do the actual budget work later in the year. However, and as it does provide a clear indication of White House priorities, we are reaching out to our partners and supporters to ask that you seize this opportunity to remind your congressional delegates of the value of SNAP-Ed and SNAP in helping Coloradans at risk of hunger.
Please take fewer than 15 minutes to personalize and send the email below to your Senators and Representative. Find their addresses here: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members
Beyond your actions today, we’ll be continuing to ask you to join in on a strong and steady drum beat of broadcasting the value of these federal nutrition programs for Colorado families and the Colorado economy. And of course, we’ll continue to stay active in providing the nutrition and food skills education that thousands of families across the state rely on to help them shop for, prepare and eat healthy food every day.
Thank you for advocating for these programs and the wellbeing of the families we serve,
Colorado State Director
Subject: Now, more than ever, we must protect SNAP-Ed and SNAP
Dear (elected official name):
The news in Colorado this week was dominated by the White House budget proposal’s plan to slash funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and eliminate SNAP-Ed, the educational program of SNAP.
This is an alarming vision for America in its proposed cuts to programs necessary to support a healthy, educated, well-nourished citizenry. As Congress enters its own budget planning process, I am writing to urge you to protect SNAP-Ed and SNAP.
As a constituent and nutrition education expert, I know the power these programs have in changing the lives of low-income families in Colorado.
In Colorado, SNAP helps nearly 500,000 people get the nutrition they need. Approximately 74% of these recipients are families with children and roughly 25% have family members who are elderly or disabled. The SNAP grocery benefit helps these families put food on the table, even when times are tough.
To help families maximize their SNAP benefits, SNAP-Ed funds classes around the country and Colorado to empower millions of parents, families, and caregivers with the skills they need to shop for and cook healthy food on a SNAP budget.
Nutrition education is a wise, long-term investment. SNAP-Ed helps benefits last longer and can reduce the number of days families face food insecurity each month. It saves thousands of dollars in lifetime healthcare costs and wages lost due to sick days. It's essential in helping families gain the skills to be more prudent providers for their children for a lifetime, not just for the limited amount of time they're receiving SNAP benefits.
I urge you to continue the longstanding bipartisan support for SNAP and SNAP ED. Thank you for your time.