Western Carolina Medical Society supports SNAP Advocacy effort

January 22, 2018

WCMS is proud to advocate in collaboration with the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council, along with other local food councils across North Carolina, to sponsor a campaign to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other nutrition programs from cuts or major restructuring.

Local food councils strive to bring our communities together to work on issues related to food, health and agriculture. We have launched this campaign because SNAP and other nutrition programs are critical to the wellbeing of children, elderly, and families living with food insecurity, and because their future will be the subject of Congressional debate early in 2018. SNAP receipts are also very important to the food and agricultural economy within our state.

As the 2018 Farm Bill is debated in Congress, all of us in Congressional District 10 who are concerned about the nutritional needs of our neighbors at risk of hunger and food insecurity need to speak up and defend the programs that have proven to be effective.

Specifically, our statement urges Congressman Patrick McHenry and Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis to reject any proposals that:

  • cut funding to SNAP or other federal nutrition programs,
  • shift costs to the states, or  
  • otherwise reduce benefits affecting low-income working families, children, the unemployed, or the elderly.

WCMS signed on to the letters for District 10 Representative Patrick McHenry and Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr. Click on this link for a sample letter to our legislators.

Senator Tillis SNAP Advocacy letter

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