SNAP-Ed Advocacy

Wednesday, February 12, 2014  Farm Bill Signed in East Lansing - Thank You Partners

Congressional passage of the Farm Bill and President Obama’s signing of the legislation in East Lansing last week were important moments for programs that promote healthy eating and physical activity in Michigan and across the U.S.  MFF CEO Marilyn Lieber and VP of Health Programs Marci Scott attended the bill signing to represent the collective support for this important legislation. As a partnership, our communications were consistent and effective in conveying the impact of our work. The persistence and commitment of every partner in working with Senator Stabenow and our Congressional delegation to communicate the importance of our work in Michigan was a tremendously positive experience, and we are grateful for the unified effort that resulted in the passage of the Farm Bill. We will need to continue that same diligent engagement of all stakeholders as we move forward to address the challenges of ongoing annual appropriations and the upcoming renewal of the Healthy Hunger-free Kids Act.


Friday, January 17, 2014  Farm Bill and Appropriations Update:

This message is to update you on the status of both the FY 2014 federal budget Omnibus Bill and the Farm Bill. 

The FY 2014 Omnibus Bill is moving through the House and Senate and it appears that another government shutdown has been averted. The Farm Bill also appears to be moving closer to passage as a result of your communications and the commitment of the congressional conference committee.

Our broad coalition of food and nutrition partners appear to have been effective in conveying to Congress the impact of our work.

Thank you for your persistence, and dedication to our partnership.


Monday, November 4, 2013  FY 2014 SNAP-Ed Update:

  • Federal Government Shutdown
  • SNAP-Ed programming in Michigan through both MFF and MSU continued during October on a contingency plan pending resolution of the shutdown.

  • Continuing Budget Resolution
  • The recent CR moved 5 months of SNAP-Ed funding to the states based on the level of SNAP-Ed funding a state received in March of 2013.  

  • Final funding levels  for many nutrition programs will be determined pending action in the Farm Bill Conference Committee as well as the federal appropriations process for the overall FY 2014 federal budget.

  • The attached infographic, courtesy of Public Health Insititute, is being provided for use in describing and advocating for SNAP-Ed.  Please share freely. 

  • As of November 2013, children, seniors, the disabled and veterans will feel the impact of a monthly reduction in their SNAP food benefits.

  • Ongoing advocacy regarding the importance of SNAP-Ed will be essential to prevent further cuts to this effective program. 

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013  Farm Bill Update:

The Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunities Act (HR 3102), a standalone nutrition bill, is scheduled for consideration by the House Rules Committee on Wednesday, 9/18 at 3pm EST. (It is unclear whether any amendments will be offered, or if the bill will be closed to any further changes). If passed as written, the bill would cut approximately $40 Billion in funding for nutrition programs over the next 10 years and would end benefits to more than 3 million individuals, including some children. In total, anti-hunger advocates estimate that these cuts equate to vulnerable households losing 1.5 billion meals over the next 10 years — 410,000 meals every day.
Also expected is a reduction to SNAP-Ed funding from the current $407 million to $372 million in FY2014 ($35 million in one year, included in the $40 Billion cut). The bill retains SNAP-Ed’s annual adjustment for inflation (set to begin in FY2015 based on the revised FY2014 baseline). This proposed reduction is consistent with the previous Ag committee-passed cut ($32 million), as well as a cut included in the Southerland amendment related to work requirements that was passed on the House floor in July ($3 million).

The bill is then expected to go to the House floor on Thursday 9/19 for a vote. If passed, the bill has the potential to reduce funding awarded to Michigan nutrition educators to carry out the currently submitted FY14 SNAP-Ed Plan of Work for Michigan.


Friday, September 13, 2013  Farm Bill Update:

As previous action alerts have detailed, the U.S. House of Representatives did not include a nutrition title in its version of the Farm Bill.  Instead, House of Representatives leadership is moving forward with a standalone nutrition package. It is likely a floor vote will be scheduled for next week (9/16-9/20).
In total, the bill includes $40 Billion in cuts to anti-hunger and nutrition programs, including a $35 million reduction to FY14 SNAP-Ed funding.
Please remember that details change quickly and very much continues to be uncertain.  Call, write, and/or e-mail your Representatives’ state and national offices as soon as possible. Remind them “SNAP-Ed Works” and that you are keeping track of this vote from home. Click below for contact info, talking points and sample tweets.
  1. 1. Call/Tweet your Representatives

    Ask for staff that is working on the Farm Bill. Use the talking points below to explain the importance of SNAP-Ed and other nutrition programs. Be sure to mention your local program name and that it is delivering SNAP-Ed.

  2. 2. Tweet

    View easy-to-share sample tweets. As long as you include the twitter handle of your Representative at the beginning, it will get to them. ALWAYS use the hashtag: #SNAPEdWorks to make it easier to track and promote the SNAP-Ed “chatter.”

  3. 3. Follow-up

    We want to hear from you – email us after you connect with lawmakers!


Talking Points

Weave these talking points into calls, emails, meetings, tweets, Letters to the editor and Op Eds. Make clear that “SNAP-Ed goes by many names” and that your nutrition education program is SNAP-Ed funded. Legislators have not been associating local nutrition education programming they support with SNAP-Ed, the major funding stream. Use Map to Healthy Living to reference a variety SNAP-Ed partner interventions and highlight the diversity of SNAP-Ed’s reach.

  • SNAP-Ed is a unique program that reaches Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens where they live, learn, work, play and pray.

  • SNAP-Ed provides comprehensive nutrition education and obesity prevention initiatives to low-income children, families and seniors in Michigan.

  • This past year, SNAP-Ed reached nearly 1 in 5 Michiganders (2 million people) through comprehensive programming, including education and targeted marketing efforts, encouraging them to consume more fruits and vegetables and be more physically active.

  • SNAP-Ed works in low-income communities to reduce hunger, improve diets, and promote health of SNAP participants.

  • SNAP-Ed supports the work of more than 60 Partners at over 2,000 local sites in all 83 Michigan counties. Partners leverage these dollars with other, non-federal funds to maximize the program’s impact. (Visit the MFF SNAP-Ed Works! web page for downloadable maps of SNAP-Ed providers by Congressional District.)

  • Michigan’s SNAP-Ed Partners evaluate the outcomes of their programming, using industry-standard survey instruments to demonstrate the combined effect of Michigan’s SNAP-Ed for low-income participants.

  • SNAP-Ed optimizes the investment we make in the SNAP program – and makes SNAP dollars go farther.

  • Healthy eating is a learned skill. SNAP-Ed teaches this skill and has a lifelong impact on health.

  • No other program nationally is reaching the people SNAP-Ed reaches.

  • Partners leverage SNAP-Ed dollars with other non-federal funds to maximize the program’s impact.

  • SNAP-Ed works and is much more than old-school posters, pamphlets and magnets. SNAP-Ed focuses on true sustainable behavior change – not just on imparting “book knowledge” (cite some specific examples of SNAP-Ed in action like:)
    • “I love fresh fruits and vegetables but didn’t buy them because they’d go bad after a few days. The Market demonstrations and recipes have helped me plan, shop and cook in ways that keep the fruits and vegetables on my table most of the month.” – Noel, shopper at a Market partnering with SNAP-Ed.
    • “Ever since you have been coming to the Elementary School, my son makes a bee-line for the fruit section of the grocery for his new favorite snacks. My friends want you to work with their children now.” - Parent of a child in a school partnering to provide SNAP-Ed.

Want more? View more talking points and stories. These SNAP-Ed Facts are great for those unfamiliar with the program.