Use these ideas to write your own letters. Bring your letters to worship on October 22 and turn them in as an offering.
Subject: Reject Budget Cuts that Increase Hunger
Dear Senator__________ , or Dear Rep.___________ ,
The current administration and the House of Representative’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposals include deep and disproportionate cuts to critical anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs. I am deeply opposed to such proposals that, if passed, would increase hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world.
In the U.S., 1 in 8 families struggles to put food on the table. Cutting trillions of dollars over the next decade in funding to programs that help low-income households, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), refundable tax credits, and Medicaid, would jeopardize food security for millions of families, including households impacted by natural disasters.
Right now, 20 million people are at risk of starvation due to the extraordinary famines in South Sudan, northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. Earlier this year, Congress allocated $1 billion in additional funding to address famine. The impact from famine will persist in the coming years, therefore it is crucial that the U.S. continue to be a leader in foreign assistance. But beyond saving countless lives, our own nation’s security is benefited by alleviating suffering and decreasing poverty to create a more stable and prosperous world. These programs are critical to U.S. leadership in the world.
Cutting funding to programs that address economic development to impoverished families in the U.S. and abroad will increase hunger and hardship. As Congress works on the remainder of the fiscal year 2018 budget and spending bills, I urge you to reject cuts to lifesaving programs.
[city, state, ZIP]
Address your letters to:
Senator Richard Burr Senator Thom Tillis Representative Mark Meadows
U.S. Senate U.S. Senate U. S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20515