On Friday, March 23, we had the great privilege of meeting with Senator Bennet, along with partners from Colorado Health Foundation, LiveWell Colorado, Kaiser Permanente, Colorado Center on Law and Policy, Colorado Children’s Campaign, Save-A-Lot, and King Soopers. We met with the Senator and his staff in the Denver office to discuss our collective priorities for SNAP (also known as Food Assistance or Food Stamps) in the 2012 Farm Bill.
For those of you who don’t know, the Farm Bill is the piece of legislation that authorizes and funds SNAP, along with other nutrition programs. We are working to strengthen and protect SNAP by:
1. Preventing changes to the funding structure of SNAP that would negatively impact Colorado (i.e. block grants)
2. Protecting and expanding eligibility rules
3. Protecting and expanding benefit levels
4. Expanding access to healthy food
We were thrilled to get to work with such a great group of stakeholders from nonprofits and corporations. Working together allowed us to offer so many different perspectives on the importance of SNAP in Colorado. Thank you to Senator Bennet for taking the time to meet with us and demonstrating concern for hungry people in Colorado. We look forward to our continued partnership with Senator Bennet and his staff as the Farm Bill reauthorization process moves forward.With the help of the Colorado Delegation, we are confident that we can end hunger in Colorado.
To learn more about SNAP in the Farm Bill and sign on to our organizational fact sheet, click here.