Rally calls on Sen. Debbie Stabenow to declare 'food is a human right'

Posted at 9:56 AM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 14:42:36-04

Nutrition rights activists gathered outside Sen. Debbie Stabenow's Detroit office Tuesday morning to take a stand for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the upcoming Farm Aid bill.

Members of the Safety Net Coalition have invited the senator's office to stand in solidarity with constituents who have benefited from SNAP and to pledge to defend the program that supports vulnerable Michigan families.

The Safety Net Coalition is a group of community organizations that came together to defend public assistance initiatives such as SNAP, and is comprised of Mothering Justice, MOSES and Michigan United.

"Sen. Stabenow has worked across the aisle with Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) to draft a bill that acknowledges the need for SNAP by the elderly, disabled and those trying to raise families on low wage incomes," according to a release from Michigan United. "The Safety Net Coalition wants Sen. Stabenow to stand firm against amendments that would gut the much need assistance program when it is reconciled with the House version of the bill that will be voted upon Thursday."

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.