May 09, 2024
Stefano Mancini, Congressional Hunger Center Emerson Fellow

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a vital tool for public health, helping families supplement their budgets to put food on the table. A new Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) research brief underscores the ways that consumer choice in SNAP enhances dignity and equity in the program and entrusts families to make decisions about their health.

May 08, 2024
Susan Beaudoin, Senior Program Manager, WIC & Root Causes

This month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a final rule revising the WIC food package. The rule includes important updates that will enhance equitable access to nutritious food, improve the nutritional quality of the foods offered, and make WIC more participant-centered. These changes will contribute to longstanding positive impacts on program participation, health outcomes for WIC participants, and efforts to address health disparities.

Apr 26, 2024
Elisabet Eppes, Deputy Director, Maryland Hunger Solutions

Given the increased need, the 2024 Maryland legislative session presented crucial opportunities to strengthen and expand hunger programs at the state level. Maryland has a particularly short session, compared to other states with only 90 days from early January to early April. The 500+ bills that passed this year are currently being signed into law by Gov. Wes Moore.
The two key priorities for Maryland Hunger Solutions this year were:
(1) increasing the Maryland SNAP minimum benefit to $95 per month, and
(2) implementing universal school meals in Maryland.
Unfortunately, anti-hunger advocates in Maryland faced an uphill battle in passing any significant legislation in light of a grim state budget outlook. Advocates made the case that, even in tough budget years, it is important to make investments in anti-hunger programs that provide resources to our most vulnerable residents and lead to long-term positive economic impacts, improved educational outcomes, and health care cost savings.

Recent Publications & Data

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  • Interactive Data Tool

    Is your state participating in Summer EBT this summer? Find out by using FRAC’s new map of state Summer EBT participation.

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  • Fact Sheet

    Starting in Summer 2024, eligible families will receive money on an EBT card to purchase groceries at approved stores during the summer months through the new, permanent, federal Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (Summer EBT) Program. 37 states, Washington DC, all US territories, and 3 Tribes will be participating in 2024. Discover the research behind Summer EBT in FRAC’s new fact sheet. 

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  • Fact Sheet

    This summer, 37 states, the District of Columbia, all five U.S. territories, and three Tribes, will participate in the new nationwide Summer EBT Program. Families will receive $120 in federally funded grocery benefits on an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card for each school-age child who is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. By implementing the program, these states, territories, and Tribes, are helping to reduce summer hunger, so children can return to school well-nourished and ready to learn. Dive into the data on Summer EBT in FRAC’s new 2024 Program Impact fact sheet. 

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  • Toolkit

    Intended to help WIC partners spread awareness about the new WIC food packages and promote the fruit and vegetable increases, FRAC’s 2024 WIC Food Packages Outreach Toolkit offers customizable social media posts, graphics, and print materials for you to share.

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