The federal nutrition programs provide some flexibility for state and local communities to implement the programs in ways that maximize their impact and help end hunger. Outreach, public education, analysis, policy development, advocacy, and model programs are critical to achieving these goals.
FRAC partners with organizations in every state to expand the reach of the federal nutrition programs to help millions more people and do so with better benefits. FRAC assists state and local groups by training and assisting staff on policy and outreach efforts. Our annual conference and meetings provide forums for state and local leaders to share best practices, exchange ideas, and build new coalitions.
FRAC has established on-the-ground initiatives in the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland. D.C. Hunger Solutions and Maryland Hunger Solutions work closely with state and local agencies and coalition partners to reduce hunger in their communities.
FRAC also provides in-depth analysis of data on program trends and state-by-state or city-by-city participation rate variation that helps identify the places where more intensive work is needed and identify the issues requiring deeper attention. This includes our annual reports on: state summer food performance; state school breakfast performance; SNAP/Food Stamp performance in large cities; and large city school breakfast performance.
Recent increases in use of the programs have been built in significant part on FRAC’s productive relationship with its network of state groups. FRAC staff help define the agenda for improvements by describing necessary next steps, and ways to achieve them; providing information on key best practices states can use and requirements of federal law that states and localities must follow; and sharing information on strategies from other states and localities.