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President’s Budget Proposes Great Harm to Low-Income Alaskans

The president’s FY 2018 budget includes major cuts and harmful changes to the most important nutrition programs for thousands of Alaskans who live in households that have been left behind in the nation’s ongoing economic recovery.

The budget proposes $193 billion in cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also known as food stamps) over 10 years. These cuts - which would slash SNAP by an unprecedented 25 percent – and structural changes will dismantle a proven and effective program that provides a path out of hunger and poverty, and leads to improved diet, learning, productivity, and health.

Take action today to tell our Members of Congress that you support SNAP in Alaska. Cuts to SNAP would be detrimental for the 85,000 Alaskans who rely on the program – including children, seniors, working families, veterans, and more. SNAP is a proven and effective program that is vital to ensuring that struggling Alaskans get the nutrition they need for their health and well-being. While Alaska is experiencing economic hardship, SNAP is a critical resource for families and individuals struggling financially and at risk of going hungry - whether it’s due to losing their job, experiencing a healthcare emergency, or managing a long-term disability.

The budget also makes cuts to other nutrition programs, including The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) – Food Bank of Alaska’s largest source of food to serve rural Alaskans. The proposed $27 million in cuts to the program would mean 33 million fewer meals distributed in FY2018 nationwide. Alaskan communities with disproportionately high food prices and transportation challenges will be hardest hit by this proposal. There are also harmful funding reductions proposed to Medicaid, children’s health insurance, and programs upon which millions of food-insecure individuals rely.

Food Bank of Alaska and the Alaska Food Coalition will be working with organizations and advocates around the state to urge our Members of Congress to prevent these cuts. They must protect these proven and effective programs, particularly SNAP, which is our nation's first line of defense against hunger. Congress must also demand greater investments in comprehensive solutions that provide low-income Americans with opportunities for a better future – but not by kicking them off these essential programs first.

Thank you for your support, and please sign on to our letter today to show your support for your fellow Alaskans on SNAP.

Sincerely,

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Cara Durr, Director of Public Engagement
Food Bank of Alaska