This Thursday, #snap4SNAP!

by Alison Killeen

This Thursday, October 30th, celebrate 50 years of SNAP by posting, tweeting and instragraming using the tag #snap4SNAP!

In August, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the date President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act of 1964 into law – but the program continued to expand and roll out throughout the following year, so we’re still celebrating!

We will be joining Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities, SNAP recipients (past and present), community organizations, and political and public figures in taking pictures and sharing our thoughts about and experiences with SNAP. These stories and statements will highlight the importance of SNAP in addressing hunger and poverty.

What Should I Post/Tweet?

Write about what SNAP means for you. SNAP helps millions of families put food on their table.  It takes away some of the worry and fear for families who struggle each day with the question, “What am I going to eat?” or “What am I going to feed my kids?”

You can write about:

  • How SNAP helps families
  • What SNAP allows families to do
  • What cuts to SNAP mean and their impact
  • Facts about SNAP
  • What improvement you would like to see for SNAP

Why should I include a picture?

Pictures are powerful.  An image helps to make an issue real, grab people’s attention, and make people think about an issue far more than words can.

What should I take a picture of?

You really can include pictures of anything. Leading up to October 30th, take pictures of you food shopping or eating. That day take a picture of your lunch.  You can even include a picture simply of yourself showing your support for SNAP. Be creative.

Can you share some examples?

Sure! There are already some great examples on Twitter, and we’ll be snapping for SNAP all week! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you need more inspiration check out the pictures taken by members of Witnesses to Hunger, a project of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities.

Finally, be sure to tag PHFO in your post – and we may re-share it with our followers, too!