On April 12, 2018 the House Agriculture Committee introduced the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), also known as the Farm Bill. This piece of legislation is estimated to spend about $860 billion over 10 years and proposes new work requirements on millions of low-income people receiving food stamps.
Join #CripTheVote and guest host Talk Poverty in a conversation about the Farm Bill, SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps), and the impact on low-income people with disabilities. We especially welcome people who currently use food stamps or used it in the past to join us.
For more about the Farm Bill and SNAP:
Tara Golsham, Vox.com - April 25, 2018
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
US Department of Agriculture
US Department of Agriculture
How to Participate
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Introductory Tweets and Questions for the Chat
Welcome to the #CripTheVote chat on the #FarmBill (HR 2) and how it will impact people with disabilities. We are delighted to have guest host @talkpoverty join us.
Remember to use the hashtags #CripTheVote #FarmBill when you tweet. If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #CripTheVote #FarmBill”
Before we start: SNAP is Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps. It helps 1 in 8 Americans. ⅔ of people on SNAP are older adults, disabled people & children: https://www.cbpp.org/research/food-assistance/most-working-age-snap-participants-work-but-often-in-unstable-jobs #CripTheVote #FarmBill
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is reauthorized under #FarmBill, also known as the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (HR 2). Full text of bill: https://agriculture.house.gov/uploadedfiles/agriculture_and_nutrition_act_of_2018.pdf
The #FarmBill proposes additional stricter work requirements for people who use SNAP and slashes nearly 20 billion from the program. https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/poverty/news/2018/04/13/449613/house-republican-farm-bill-proposal-launches-dangerous-attack-nutrition-assistance/ #CripTheVote
Q1 How does SNAP, also known as food stamps, support the well-being and health of multiple marginalized communities? If you receive SNAP, please share your experiences. #CripTheVote #FarmBill
Q2 What does the media get wrong about SNAP and the people who rely on food stamps to stay alive? What are the most dangerous and inaccurate narratives around poor, older, disabled people? #CripTheVote #FarmBill
Q3 What is the lived experience of being disabled and hungry? What does food insecurity look like for disabled people and their families. What needs to be better understood? #CripTheVote #FarmBill
The #FarmBill proposes work requirements for SNAP recipients 18-59 to work or enroll in a training programs for 20 hrs/wk w/ exemptions for people taking care of kids and pregnant or disabled people #CripTheVote
Q4 What are your thoughts on work requirements for people on SNAP and other safety net programs like Medicaid? Do they help people out of poverty or put them at risk of hardship, food insecurity and hunger? Or something else? #CripTheVote #FarmBill
Q5 How do these work requirements impact people with disabilities who may not fit the disability exemption criteria? #CripTheVote #FarmBill
Q6 How does inadequate transportation/childcare, employment discrimination, geographical differences impact a person’s ability to comply with work requirements like the one proposed for some SNAP recipients? What are some other structural factors? #CripTheVote #FarmBill
Q7 What are the next steps for people who want to protect SNAP and voice their objections to the work requirements in the #FarmBill? #CripTheVote
Q8 For people who rely on safety net programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, and Social Security, what are your concerns and reactions to the current Administration’s attempts to dismantle and weaken these programs? How do we resist & fight back? #CripTheVote #FarmBill
Thank you for joining the #CripTheVote chat on the House Farm Bill & SNAP! A big thank you to our guest host @talkpoverty! Join us 5/20 for our next chat: Making Activism Accessible with @autselfadvocacy http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/2018/04/520-twitter-chat-making-activism.html