Family or Food? No One Should Have To Choose
During the holidays and all year long, millions of individuals and families who struggle against hunger are able to access healthy food with support from the federal nutrition programs. To celebrate the nation’s nutrition safety net, FRAC is releasing a six-part “Remember This December” series that will highlight the impact of six important federal nutrition programs.
This is the first installment of the series, which focuses on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Within the growing senior population, many older Americans struggle to afford the basics. With that in mind, making a case for protecting and strengthening the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Americans 60 years and older is more critical than ever. FRAC, in collaboration with AARP Foundation, recently created and launched state and county maps to demonstrate that SNAP matters to seniors across our nation.
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, all of us are reflecting on what we are thankful for, and I would bet that two things top many of our lists: family and food. A “public charge” rule recently proposed by the Trump Administration would force a large number of immigrant families to make an impossible choice between the two.
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- Fact Sheet
Download this document which features these six steps to help engage hospitals on summer meals: 1. Check out a Hospital’s Community Needs Assessment; 2. Contact the Hospital to Discuss Summer Meals; 3. Be a Voice in the Hospital’s Planning; 4. Host a Community Forum; 5. Connect a Hospital with an existing Sponsor and/or Site;Find out more
6. Recruit Hospitals to Help with Outreach.
Hospitals across the United States are helping fill the nutrition gap during the summer by offering meals to children through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which provides federal funding for meals and snacks served to low-income children 18 years old and younger when school is not in session. By participating in SFSP, hospitals have an opportunity to help improve child health and combat child hunger.Read the report
Community eligibility has become a popular option among eligible schools due to the many benefits it brings to the school nutrition program and the entire school community. In the 2016–2017 school year, moreRead the report
than 20,000 high-needs schools with an enrollment of nearly 10 million students had adopted community eligibility.
- ReportDirect Certification Improves Low-Income Student Access to School Meals: An Updated Guide to Direct Certification
Direct certification, an electronic datamatching process, is an important tool for ensuring that low-income children receive free breakfast and lunch without barriers.Read the report