What is the Farm Bill?
The Farm Bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation that guides and authorizes funding for most federal farm and food policies, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Every five years, Congress renews the Farm Bill through the reauthorization process.
What’s in the Farm Bill for Food and Nutrition?
Title IV of the Farm Bill covers domestic food and nutrition and commodity distribution programs, including:
For Americans below the Poverty Line:
For Children and Low Income Families:
For American Indians:
In Congress, who has responsibility for the Farm Bill?
In the House, the House Agriculture Committee has jurisdiction over the Farm Bill. In the Senate, the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee has jurisdiction.
Why is the Farm Bill Important?
The Farm Bill is important because SNAP, along with other food and nutrition programs, is authorized and funded through this bill. SNAP is one of the seven strategies essential to meeting the goal of ending childhood hunger by 2015, and the Farm Bill is an opportunity to make needed improvements to SNAP that will help America reach that goal.