About FRAC

Philanthropedia Names FRAC a "Top Nonprofit"

In 2010, a group of 103 experts identified FRAC as a top nonprofit working in the childhood nutrition/ health field, earning FRAC the distinction of a Philanthropedia Top Nonprofit.

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty. As Congress Daily has written, FRAC is “the premier anti-hunger group in Washington.”

Hunger in the United States is a problem that can be cured. FRAC harnesses the nation’s resources on behalf of those who need help to stave off hunger – poor children and their families, seniors, the unemployed, low-income workers, the ill, and homeless persons.

FRAC pursues a comprehensive national, state and local strategy. FRAC:

  • conducts research to document the extent of hunger, its impact, and effective solutions;
  • seeks improved federal, state and local public policies that will reduce hunger and undernutrition;
  • monitors the implementation of laws and serves as a watchdog of programs;
  • provides coordination, training, technical assistance and support on nutrition and anti-poverty issues to a nationwide network of advocates, service providers, food banks, program administrators and participants, and policymakers; and
  • conducts public information campaigns to help promote changes in attitude and policies.

Counterintuitively, obesity plagues low-income people in this country just as hunger and food insecurity do. FRAC is leading the efforts to identify and communicate the connections among poverty, hunger, inadequate resources for healthy diets, and obesity among low-income people. FRAC also is working to broaden the reach of and improve the quality of public nutrition programs as a strategy to reduce obesity.

In 2002 FRAC launched D.C. Hunger Solutions to combat hunger and improve nutrition in the District of Columbia. D.C. Hunger Solutions’ multi-faceted work has had deep impact on the reach and quality of the federal nutrition programs, and the health and well-being of beneficiaries in the District.

In 2007 FRAC launched Maryland Hunger Solutions to bring these same proven advocacy, public policy and public education strategies to the fight against hunger in Maryland.