Action: Contact your Representatives and Senators and urge them to support SNAP in any future COVID-19 relief packages by:
- boosting SNAP maximum benefits by 15 percent;
- increasing the minimum SNAP benefit from $16 to $30;
- 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.
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
- Advocacy Tool
Food insecurity, and its root cause, poverty, do not discriminate: they harm individuals, families, and communities across the U.S., regardless of demographics. One group that rarely receives attention for its alarmingly high levels of food insecurity and poverty is Asian Pacific American (APA). This oversight is detrimental for APA people and the nation as a whole.Read the brief
This one page brief highlights COVID-19 resources for Older Adults, highlighting changes in benefits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Home-Delivered Meals, and additional Federal Nutritional Programs.Read the report
This chart breaks down U.S. Department of Agriculture — Food and Nutrition Services and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — Administration for Community Living programs available to Older Adults surrounding food resources, specifically in response to COVID-19.See the Chart
This brief explores four available actions to minimize exposure toRead the brief
COVID-19 through person-to-person contact when it comes to older
adults accessing food.
May is Older Americans Month. So many of us are worried about the older adults in our lives, and one thing that tops the list of concerns is thinking about how our loved ones can access food. Across the nation, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the first line of defense for older adults experiencing food insecurity each day, and that is especially the case during the COVID-19 pandemic. For millions of older adults in the U.S., the basis of concerns about accessing food is a lack of resources to afford enough food.
Food insecurity, and its root cause, poverty, do not discriminate: they harm individuals, families, and communities across the U.S., regardless of demographics. One group that rarely receives attention for its alarmingly high levels of food insecurity and poverty is APA. This oversight is detrimental for APA people and the nation as a whole. In a deep dive into the divide between APA and the U.S. overall, Prosperity Now, with the help of Pew Research Center’s data, found that APA is the fastest-growing racial group in the U.S., with the fastest-growing — and widest — wealth gap, making APA the most economically divided racial group.
In this #FRACTurns50 blog, FRAC’s Founding Executive Director, Ron Pollack, shares the organization’s critical role in the expansion of the Food Stamp Program, known today as the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP). Millions of households rely on SNAP as the first line of defense against hunger. As the fallout of COVID continues to deepen, the number of SNAP applications is skyrocketing. It is crucial to protect and strengthen SNAP during this time.