Advocate for hungry people: Say no to Ohio Senate Bill 17

The Ohio Legislature is currently considering Senate Bill 17, which would create additional barriers for recipients of SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid, including a new work requirement for Ohioans over the age of 55. New paperwork and reporting will swamp an already-overtaxed Ohio Department of Jobs & Family Services, leading to people in poverty waiting longer to be connected to the food and health care they need.

The United Methodist Book of Resolutions, #4051 says, “[Jesus’] opposition to those who would ignore the needs of the neighbor makes clear that we grossly misunderstand and fail to grasp God’s grace if we imagine that God overlooks, condones, or easily tolerates our indifference to the plight of our neighbors.” Specifically, United Methodists should “facilitate access to basic health information and care” and “organize and work to retain programs such as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP), and food co-ops.”

Tell your representatives to vote ‘No’ on SB-17 by filling out this simple form from Hunger Network in Ohio.