From the newest research and latest reports, here are six must-read resources for anyone invested in the fight against hunger.
Summer meals play a critical role in closing the hunger gap and supporting summer programs, keeping millions of low-income children healthy, learning, and engaged while school is out of session. In this annual report, FRAC reveals the reach of the federal Summer Nutrition Programs in 2016, looks at state-by-state performance, and provides strategies for increasing participation.
As a tenacious anti-hunger activist, Representative Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) has gone to bat countless times on behalf of the federal nutrition programs and the broader social safety net. Hot off the press, The Least Among Us encapsulates DeLauro’s insights and experiences after 25 years in progressive politics.
Through FRAC’s guide, advocates can improve outreach and programming for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for people with disabilities, a population disproportionately affected by food insecurity.
The signs that a child might be food insecure are not always evident. A Children’s HealthWatch study outlines the numerous symptoms of food insecurity beyond the physical signs. Pediatricians can screen children for food insecurity and intervene with the help of the federal nutrition programs.
The proposed House Budget for fiscal year 2018 is an all-out assault on struggling households, but parts of it are aimed directly at programs for children. There are significant harmful cuts planned for the Community Eligibility Provision, a federal option for high-poverty schools to offer free school meals to all students.
No community in America is immune to hunger, but rural and small town areas are especially hard hit. SNAP Maps, FRAC’s new interactive data tool, allows local, state, and national policymakers, as well as advocates, media, and others, to understand how substantial numbers of struggling families in every county across the country need help from SNAP.