According to the most recent national food insecurity data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, rates of food insecurity were high for households headed by African Americans — 21.2 percent — two and a half times the rate for white, non-Hispanic households. Several factors have been found to contribute to this disparity, including racial discrimination, poverty, unemployment, incarceration, and disability.
In recognition of Black History Month, FRAC honors the legacy of Black leadership on issues of hunger and poverty.
Here are five profiles of Black civil rights, anti-hunger, and anti-poverty advocates.
Unfortunately, on January 27th, a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision lifted the nationwide injunction that was preventing the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) public charge rule from going into effect. This decision clears a path for the administration to implement the public charge rule within the United States, except for in Illinois, which has gained a statewide injunction of its own.
The DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) indicated that it will begin implementing the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds final rule (“Final Rule”) on February 24, 2020.
During the 2018–2019 school year, 14.6 million children with 12.4 million of them from low-income families started the day right with a nutritious school breakfast, according to FRAC’s annual School Breakfast Scorecard, released today.
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- Fact Sheet
The Trump Administration’s new Department of Homeland Security public charge rule does not include receiving free or reduced-price school meals. The new rule directly impacts a relatively small group of people, but it is expected to have a broader “chilling effect” that will reduce the number of immigrant families applying for benefits, including school meals. This resource helps make sense of the landscape by answering key questions.Read the report
- Advocacy Tool
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently issued a proposed rule that would roll back important aspects of the current school meal nutrition standards and significantly unravel the progress made under the Healthy, hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.Learn more
- Advocacy Tool
Congress has an important opportunity in 2020 to improve the health of millions of our nation’s children by passing a strong reauthorization that protects and strengthens the child nutrition programs. These successful, cost-effective federal nutrition programs play a critical role in helping children in low=income families achieve access to child care, education, and enrichment activities while improving overall nutrition, health, development, and academic achievement.Learn more
Resources for National School Breakfast Week, March 2–6, 2020.Find out more.