FRAC on the Move: Take-Aways From School Nutrition Association Conference

by Etienne Melcher, Senior Child Nutrition Program Coordinator More than 6,500 school nutrition professionals, industry members, and allied organization representatives attended the School Nutrition Association’s 70th Annual National Conference last week in San Antonio, Texas. This was my second year attending and I was joined by one of my FRAC colleagues. In the exhibit hall […]

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New Study Buttresses Case for Higher SNAP Benefits

A new Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) study released last week adds to the evidence that higher Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will improve the health and well-being of low-income Americans. Research previously compiled by the White House Council of Economic Advisors and FRAC shows that SNAP alleviates poverty, reduces food insecurity, improves […]

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Closing the Senior SNAP Gaps

Could you choose between the basics — between food and medicine, food and utilities, or food and transportation? These are impossible choices, yet more than 1 in 11 Americans 65 or older struggle with hunger, and are forced to make these decisions every day. To mark the last day of Older Americans Month, we repeat […]

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One-On-One With Secretary Vilsack

Jim Weill had the opportunity for a one-on-one conversation with USDA Secretary Vilsack about the importance of federal nutrition programs. The complete transcript is below, or you can jump to specific sections… School Breakfast Anti-Hunger, Health and Nutrition Advocates Working Together School Nutrition Standards SNAP WIC Jim Weill: National School Breakfast Week starts today. Growing […]

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USDA Secretary on WIC Health Impact

Jim Weill had the opportunity for a one-on-one conversation with USDA Secretary Vilsack last week to talk about the importance of federal nutrition programs. We are  posting excerpts from the conversation here on FRAC’s blog, FRAC Chat. Jim Weill: Just as school meal nutrition standards have been improved, WIC standards were overhauled earlier. Can you tell […]

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Tax Filing Deadline is Monday – Last Chance for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Outreach

The deadline for tax returns for many Americans is extended this year to Monday, April 18, which means another day to remind low-income households they may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC. This tax credit invests in children and families – it  reduces the amount of tax certain households owe – […]

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CEP Climbed by 4,000 Schools Since Last School Year

Thanks to community eligibility, more than 18,000 high-poverty schools served free breakfast and lunch to more than 8.5 million low-income students during the 2015–2016 school year. That is the bottom line of the data analysis in Community Eligibility Adoption Rises for the 2015–2016 School Year, Increasing Access to School Meals (pdf), a new report by […]

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Summer is Coming – Time for Summer Meal Programs to Kick Planning into High Gear

It’s April, which means summer is only a few months away. While many children look forward to their vacation from school, many others who rely on school meals during the academic year are in danger of finding out hunger doesn’t take a vacation. Fortunately, the Summer Nutrition Programs provide healthy summer meals to children. April […]

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The Cruelest — and Hungriest — Month Ahead

April 2016 is poised to fit T.S. Eliot’s description of April as the “cruelest month,” as many thousands of jobless adults without dependents (ABAWDs) will lose all their SNAP benefits even though these individuals are seeking work.  The clock started ticking for ABAWDs in many states January 1, 2016. Some areas of the country with […]

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Don’t Miss This Twitter Chat on Healthy Weight for Toddlers

Join FRAC, MomsRising, the National Council of La Raza, and Voices for Healthy Kids on Friday, April 1, at 1 p.m. for a Food Friday chat to discuss policy and program opportunities to ensure that all children enter kindergarten at a healthy weight. Join the conversation by using #FoodFri. WIC and the Child and Adult […]

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