Just one month remains until the deadline to submit comments opposing the Trump administration’s proposed rule change that would eliminate SNAP benefits for approximately 3.1 million individuals. Over the last 2 months, more and more voices are speaking out about these harsh and unnecessary changes but the pressure needs to continue. Just this week, the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) released a sign-on letter opposing the proposed changes.

The letter has been signed onto by 70 mayors across the country, including St. Louis’s own Mayor Lyda Krewson. Those in St. Louis City should thank Mayor Krewson for standing up on this important issue! Her constituents may reach her through the City government website at this link.

We believe there are more mayors and community leaders in our state that would want to lend their voice to this issue but may have not yet heard about the opportunity to do so. We know mayors and community leaders are busy so they may need some information and encouragement from us to take the action. Empower Missouri staff members will be urging other mayors and leaders across Missouri to add their voice to this letter, and we hope our advocacy network will do the same. To encourage your mayor to sign on, please invite them to visit the US Mayors website http://www.usmayors.org, where their names can be added.  

While the voices of our leaders are important in taking a stand against these proposed cuts, each of our individual voices are also extraordinarily valuable. This is why Empower Missouri is circulating an individual sign on letter asking for people to join us in submitting an official comment in opposition to the rule that the USDA has posted in the Federal Register.  If you have not yet done so, Please sign on and ask your friends, family and co-workers to do the same. 

Empower Missouri’s mission is to advocate for the well-being of all Missourians through civic leadership, education and research. When you reach out to your mayor or sign on to our collective letter to the USDA, you are acting as a civic leader. Together we can win changes that make a difference in the quality of life that we and our most vulnerable neighbors experience. Please take action today.

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