Act TODAY! Call your Senators and Representatives at (202) 224-3121 (Capitol Switchboard) or email them to urge that the next COVID-19 emergency package bolster SNAP’s benefits and stimulative impacts by
1) boosting the SNAP maximum benefit,
2) increasing the minimum monthly SNAP benefit to $30, and
3) suspending administrative actions that would eliminate or weaken SNAP benefits.
Such boosts and new investments should continue as the economy rebounds from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and are critical to ensuring the well-being of vulnerable people and the economy. The third emergency package, H.R. 748, the intended vehicle for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (S. 3548), $15.8 billion appropriation funds current and anticipated SNAP caseload but failed to include critical benefit boosts and program investments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ON THE HILL
- 2018 Farm Bill letter to House and Senate Budget and Appropriations CommitteesFRAC is proud to have played a leadership role in developing and garnering support for this letter (pdf) urging the House and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees not to “hinder development and passage of the 2018 Farm Bill with further cuts.”
- SNAP Support Letters
Recent Publications & DataSee More Resources
- Interactive Data Tool
A list of state website responding to covid-19 and school meal sites.Read the report
- Fact Sheet
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued the first set of nationwide child nutrition program waivers based on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The three nationwide waivers will support Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) providers and programs in maintaining access to nutritious meals for children in the current COVID-19 public health emergency.Read the summary
- Fact Sheet
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act creates the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, an important opportunity to provide nutritional resources to families who are losing access to free or reduced-price school meals as school across the country close in response to COVID-19. This resource provides information on the program and helpful information for implementation, including helpful resources.Learn more
- Fact Sheet
FRAC’s update summarizing the Families First Act’s changes to Child and Adult Care Food Program waivers.Read the update
The COVID-19 virus presents particular challenges for low-income people. To ensure those who lack resources to stockpile food and other basic necessities, and who rely on school breakfast and lunch to help feed their children nutritious food, administrators and legislators should consider adapting Disaster SNAP and disaster provisions of other federal nutrition programs to provide nutrition resources for low-income consumers and to make up for disrupted school meals service; suspending implementation of rules changes that weaken SNAP benefits and enrollment; and increasing SNAP benefit amounts to bolster the program’s countercyclical impacts.
Twenty-eight years ago, FRAC released its first School Breakfast Scorecard.
In this three-part blog series, FRAC’s Founding Executive Director, Ron Pollack, explores FRAC’s role in the expansion of three programs: WIC, SNAP, and school meals.
When the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) began its work 50 years ago, the political context and the programmatic infrastructure for ending hunger in America were significantly different. They contrast quite significantly with the situation today.