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Tell Your Representative to Cosponsor the State Nutrition Assistance Flexibility Act

Dear FreedomWorks member,

As one of our million-plus FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 6567, the State Nutrition Assistance Flexibility Act. Introduced by Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), Paul Broun (R-GA), Steve Chabot (R-OH), and Jim Jordan (R-OH), it would enact much-needed reform of federal food welfare programs. The bill would specifically make food and nutrition programs more effective and affordable by combining the six food welfare programs contained within the Farm Bill into a single block grant to the states.

The State Nutrition Assistance Flexibility Act would roll federal funding for this block grant back to FY2008 levels. This will save taxpayers money and encourage states to use the funds in an efficient manner. Taxpayers deserve to know how exactly their money is being spent. All of the money spent will be subjected to annual independent audits that will be made available to the general public. In order to discourage states from wasting funds, misused funds must be repaid to American taxpayers with an additional 10% penalty.

Current federal food welfare programs are based on top-down regulatory controls from Washington. The State Nutrition Assistance would replace the following federal welfare programs: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Community Food Projects, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. This would enable states to create their own nutrition programs based on the unique needs of their population.

The State Nutrition Assistance Flexibility Act would save taxpayers money and grant states more flexibility to design the food welfare programs according to the needs and priorities of their own citizens. I urge you to call your representative and ask him or her to cosponsor H.R. 6567, the State Nutrition Assistance Flexibility Act.


Matt Kibbe
President and CEO
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How about ALL food entitlements, especially Food Stamps, require purchasing specific items only? Why not label the Stamps with the 5 food items required for a balanced and healthy diet? Stop people from using their Food Stamps for anything other than what's on the balanced-diet list! Michelle Obama should go for this in a big way, shouldn't she? Let's not add another entitlement to the long list we already have! I'm sick of it!

paige sams

Matt, do you really think there is going to be money to continue these programs in the very near future (even with cuts)? that is an honest question for you. Also, why are you and why should we support the federal govt continuing to fund and oversee this nonsense. Is this not something the states should figure out how to fund (if at all). The fed govt needs to get out of the poverty business and stick to what it was created and intended to do. If states want their own high tax welfare "state" so be it. People can move but at least we would have a choice unlike now being it's forced down our throats no matter what state we live in.