From Bread for the World (http://www.bread.org):
Dear Bread Friends in Pennsylvania,
The dramatic cuts of $169 billion to SNAP proposed this year in the U.S. House of Representatives would have a devastating impact on all of our congregations’ efforts to address increasing need.
Every church across America would need to come up with, on average, an extra $50,000 dedicated to feeding people — every year for the next 10 years — to make up for these cuts.
We’re urging clergy and lay persons alike to sign a petition to Congress now by clicking www.bread.org/snapworks to say that feeding hungry people is not the sole responsibility of churches. We’re also asking for stories about the impact of these proposed cuts on local feeding ministries. Here’s what a few people who have already signed the petition shared with us:
“My church is situated in a community of high need in Los Angeles County. Our church’s Food Pantry already serves over 400 people per week out of a garage. We are already at the breaking point! The need is real and raw. We absolutely cannot do this without the help of our elected leaders!”
— Daniel in Bellflower, CA
“Our area churches are already collecting and handing out food in massive amounts simply to SUPPLEMENT those on SNAP and yet the shelves run empty time and time again. This is not a time for cutting programs that affect our most vulnerable, but a time to stand in solidarity with them.”
— Katherine in Arlington, VA
“2,000 folks per month pass through one of our ministries in Gary, IN, homeless and without food. This would be devastating both to them and to us. We are barely making it now.”
— Bob in Donaldson, IN
We have to tell Congress again and again that they must create a circle of protection around programs that are vital to hungry and poor people. And then we must pray hard that they will listen to their conscience as upright, moral persons of faith.
Please click www.bread.org/snapworks to sign the petition. Make sure you check the special box for pastors and religious leaders if you are one because among our goals is to have 5,000 pastors sign the letter.