Even as more people face hunger, Congress is considering harmful cuts to critical nutrition programs. The New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition is working with state and national partners to combat these potential cuts to key programs, including the Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Meals and the Woman’s, Infant and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC). Congress is also considering "block granting" after-school programs, using the misleading term "opportunity grants." This funding approach would severely limit available dollars for after-school programs, which also provide nutritious meals and snacks to thousands of children,
These potential cuts, proposed by President Trump, must be approved by Congress. That’s why we must mobilize to send our Congressional reps a clear message: No block grants, no structural changes and no cuts to these proven, effective programs. Our represenatives will be back in New Jersey for recess from April 8 to April 23 – an optimal time for us to send our collective message.
Here’s what you and your organization can do:
Call or e-mail your Congressional representative with this message:
Congress must not undermine our nation’s safety net through “block grants,” structural changes, or spending cuts. These programs work and they must be strengthened to provide a strong nutrition safety net for individuals and families in need.
Invite your Congressional representatives to visit your program. Find tips on arranging a site visit.
The Food Research Action Center provides additional information and other tools to help local and state advocates influence policymakers so they return to Washington with a clear message: Cutting nutrition assistance hurts New Jersey residents, weakens our communities and damages the health of the state as a whole.
The New Jersey Anti-Hunger Coalition is also fighting for additional funding to strengthen existing programs. Key investments include protecting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps) from harmful cuts, maintaining low-income children’s access to school nutrition programs, funding the supplemental food assistance funding in the summer to ensure that children in rural and underserved areas have access to nutrition during the summer and providing assistance to the State Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors to serve healthier food to young children and seniors.