National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference 2021

This year, the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference is going virtual to allow thousands of anti-hunger advocates from all across the country to safely and conveniently attend from home. You will hear from officials from the Biden-Harris Administration and the new Congress and capture the energy and networking opportunities that are the hallmark of this annual conference.

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American Rescue Plan Amendment Summary

What are the latest amendments to the American Rescue Plan?

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Budget Reconciliation 101

Curious about Budget Reconciliation? Unsure about the process or special rules to look out for? Explore this three-page report that explains what you need to know.

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FRAC’s Priorities for the Current Budget Reconciliation Bill, S. Con. Res. 5

FRAC urges Congress to pass a bold reconciliation package necessary to lift the country out of the devastating economic and health crisis that has been inflicted by COVID-19. FRAC supports a $1.9 trillion package that will supply desperately needed relief that is commensurate to the harms that the entire nation is grappling with, and that includes key interventions that will help ensure tens of millions of people who are struggling with hunger get the nutrition they need.

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FRAC Urges House Education and Labor Committee to Vote on Budget Reconciliation Bill to Deliver Much-Needed Hunger Relief

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) commends House Education and Labor Committee Chair Robert C. “Bobby” Scott for introducing a budget reconciliation bill that will significantly alleviate food hardship for children, toddlers, and families as the health and economic fallout of COVID-19 continues to unfold.

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Omnibus and Coronavirus Response Package

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 includes a number of provisions that will support the implementation of the Pandemic EBT program during fiscal year 2021 and provides emergency funding for School Nutrition Programs and Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP). The Act also provides $42 million for Summer EBT, $30 million for school meal equipment grants, and $12,000,000 for Farm to School Grants.

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Congress Passes Year-End Package with COVID Relief and FY 2021 Appropriations

Before leaving for the holidays, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a package that provides an immediate and essential downpayment on nutrition and other critical assistance for tens of millions of people across the country whose lives have been upended by the pandemic. The relief package boosts the SNAP maximum benefit by 15 percent for six months (through June 30, 2021), among other nutrition and anti-poverty provisions. Check out FRAC’s statement for more information, as well as the Congressional division-by-division summaries of the COVID relief provisions, appropriations provisions, and authorizing matters of the package.

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Congress Passes Year-End Package with COVID Relief and FY 2021 Appropriations

Before leaving for the holidays, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a package that provides an immediate and essential downpayment on nutrition and other critical assistance for tens of millions of people across the country whose lives have been upended by the pandemic. The relief package boosts the SNAP maximum benefit by 15 percent for six months (through June 30, 2021), among other nutrition and anti-poverty provisions. Check out FRAC’s statement for more information, as well as the Congressional division-by-division summaries of the COVID relief provisions, appropriations provisions, and authorizing matters of the package.

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Universal School Meals Sign On Letter

FRAC joined 63 other national organizations in signing a letter to urge President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris to implement universal school meals. This would ensure that every child in the U.S. has access to the nutritious breakfast and lunch at school that can help support their academic success. The current pandemic has highlighted the critical role that school meals play for children, particularly those from low-income households and will be an important educational and health support as the nation recovers from the pandemic.

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Food Research & Action Center’s Transition Recommendations: “This is the Time to Heal in America,” and It Begins With Addressing Hunger

FRAC’s transition recommendations provide a roadmap for the Biden-Harris Administration to address hunger in America. It sets forth the harms of food insecurity, summarizes the strengths of the federal nutrition programs, and concludes with high-priority recommendations for administrative and legislative asks that need to be taken to reduce hunger and poverty.

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CR That Takes Important Steps to Address Childhood Hunger is Signed Into Law

On September 30, the Senate passed and the President signed into law H.R.8337, a continuing resolution (CR) that will carry government programs at FY 2020 funding levels until December 11. It was passed by the House of Representatives on September 22. The CR included provisions that will go a long way in addressing childhood hunger, including strengthening and expanding Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) through fiscal year 2021; extending the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) authority to issue child nutrition waivers and extend WIC administrative waivers through Fiscal Year 2021; and providing state SNAP agencies with needed flexibilities to adjust operations during COVID-19 without prior USDA approval. See FRAC’s statement and this section-by-section summary from the House Appropriations Committee for more information.

While the CR’s temporary investments are an important step for children who are learning remotely or in a hybrid learning model or in child care, millions of families are still struggling. We urge Congress to address quickly overall household hunger and economic turmoil through a longer-term comprehensive COVID-19 relief package that includes benefit boosts to SNAP and makes investments in other critical programs that assist people in meeting their basic needs during COVID-19. Check out FRAC’s COVID-19 Actions page for more information.

Want to help fight hunger during the pandemic? Check out our COVID-19 Actions page.

Looking for the latest information from FRAC on the coronavirus? Our COVID-19 page has all the updates.

Action: Contact your Representatives and Senators and urge them to support SNAP in any future COVID-19 relief packages by:

  1. boosting SNAP maximum benefits by 15 percent;
  2. increasing the minimum SNAP benefit from $16 to $30;
  3. and suspending all SNAP administrative rules that would terminate or weaken benefits.
Check out FRAC’s action alert for more information.

Past action: Senators called
Urge Passage of H.R. 6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act

As the coronavirus pandemic grips the nation, the House is poised to take a very positive step in responding to the needs of households, especially low-income and vulnerable individuals and families. This is a public health and economic crisis that requires swift action.

Act Today! Call your Senators TODAY at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to quickly pass H.R. 6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act. All Senators need to hear from their constituents that we need these protections NOW to take a critically important first step toward addressing this public health and economic crisis. Families and workers across the country need access to vital programs and basic needs. The bill protects people most in need, and so protects all of us.

FRAC COVID-19 Updates

Take Action: Trump administration wants to cut the Power of SNAP for Hungry Households

Tell the administration that USDA’s proposed rule on SNAP Standardization of State Heating and Cooling Standard Utility Allowances, which would cut program benefits by a total of $4.5 billion over five years, would cause 19 percent of SNAP households to get lower SNAP monthly benefits, and exacerbate the struggles many low-income people have paying for costs of both food and utilities.

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Check Out the Bills We’re Supporting

As Congress begins the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) process, find information on the current child nutrition bills, as well as others, on the Bills We’re Supporting page. And look for the latest CNR news and resources on the Child Nutrition Reauthorization page.

Proposed Changes to SNAP Could Leave Nearly 1 Million Children Without Access to Free School Meals

A surprise release of data that the USDA should have disclosed earlier underscores the deep harm of its proposed rule to limit access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): eliminating food assistance for 3.1 million people and jeopardizing free school meals for nearly 1 million children.

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President Signs Farm Bill

President Trump signed the Farm Bill into law on December 20. Read FRAC’s analysis. The final Farm Bill conference report was filed the evening of Monday, December 10. On December 11, the Senate passed the conference report, 87-13. The House passed the bill on December 12 by a vote of 369-47. Check out FRAC’s statement.

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10 Facts Every Candidate Should Know About Hunger

With the upcoming presidential election, FRAC’s one-stop-shop for anti-hunger advocates provides the facts and tools that are needed to ensure every candidate knows about the extent of hunger in America and the solutions that exist to solve it.

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Recent Publications & Data

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FRAC Chat

Mar 04, 2021
Heather Hartline-Grafton and Ellen Vollinger

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, research showed that food insecurity was a serious problem on college campuses across the nation, especially among students of color, lower-income students, and students at community colleges. The already too-high rates and harmful consequences of food insecurity have only been exacerbated during the pandemic as college students face disruptions to their learning and employment due to campus closures and the economic downturn. According to a Hope Center survey conducted last spring, about one-third of college students who were employed lost their jobs due to the pandemic. 

Mar 02, 2021
Allyson Perez

Serving free school meals to all students is a gamechanger for students, families, and schools, supporting students’ education and health and improving school nutrition finances and operations. Currently, schools across the country are able to offer free meals to all students under the child nutrition waivers that USDA has issued to support access to meals during the pandemic.  In the 2020–2021 school year, more than 30,000 schools (1 in 3 schools operating the school breakfast and lunch programs) were offering free school meals to all students through the Community Eligibility Provision. Looking ahead to life after the pandemic, Free School Meals for All should remain for all schools across the country.