SNAP reflects United Way’s mission of improving the health and financial stability of our communities and efficiently delivering the kind of assistance no single organization could deliver on its own.
SNAP is a program authorized through the Farm Bill, which is set to expire September 30, 2018. Congress has started the reauthorization process for the Farm Bill, at which time lawmakers can restructure SNAP guidelines and administration. We need to ensure that any changes to SNAP improve the program and do not take food away from children, working people, and people struggling to make ends meet.
Both the House and Senate have passed their own versions of the Farm Bill. Beginning in late August/September, a Conference Committee made up of 47 House Members and 9 Senate Members will start to meet to reconcile the two bills. Ohio Representatives Marcia Fudge, Bob Gibbs, and Steve Chabot, along with Senator Sherrod Brown are to serve on the Committee.
United Way advocates have been working to protect SNAP over the last few months. This past June, 13 United Way staff from across Ohio met with Members of Congress or their staff in Washington, D.C. In the 14 meetings that occurred, United Way supported the bipartisan provisions that preserve and improve SNAP included in the Farm Bill that passed the Senate. We need the strength of the network to make sure our voices are heard as we enter August recess.