Check out FRAC’s Bills We’re Supporting page for additional priorities for families struggling against hunger from the 118th Congress. View Bills We’ve Supported for legislative priorities from the 117th Congress and earlier.
Act NOW: Social Media Advocacy Needed to Protect SNAP, TANF, Medicaid in Debt Ceiling Talks – Stand Firm on Not Increasing Poverty, Hunger in #DebtCeiling Negotiations
As intensive deliberations on raising the nation’s debt ceiling continue, we need anti-hunger advocates to again utilize social media to urge Congress (leadership and Members) and the White House (President Biden) to stay strong on a debt ceiling bill that does not increase hunger and poverty.
Join FRAC and others in national days of action during this week. FRAC’s social media resources are below, and the Coalition on Human Needs has created a #DebtCeiling toolkit, to use in your advocacy.
Use the following script when contacting your representatives. You can find their contact information here:
Hello, I’m a constituent from [part of state] and I’m calling to ask [name of Member of Congress] to raise the debt ceiling with NO CUTS or provisions that would harm your constituents—older people, children, families, and veterans – by weakening programs like SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid and imposing arbitrary time limits to benefits.
Please reject any deal that cuts critical programs, hurts your constituents, or can lead to more hunger and poverty in this country.
Use these sample social media posts to engage your Members of Congress, congressional leadership, and @POTUS to keep their commitment to pass a debt ceiling bill that in no way leads to an increase in hunger and poverty.
To Find your Member’s Twitter Handle, click here:
- @POTUS @SenSchumer @RepJeffries @SpeakerMcCarthy @LeaderMcConnell [tag your Members of Congress here] we need a #DebtCeiling bill that does not > hunger, poverty. #SNAPMatters #CareNotCuts @fractweets
- @POTUS @SenSchumer @RepJeffries @SpeakerMcCarthy @LeaderMcConnell [tag your Members of Congress here] pass a #DebtCeiling bill that does not > hunger, poverty & protects SNAP, TANF #Medicaid. #SNAPMatters #CareNotCuts @fractweets
- @POTUS – Continue to stand strong against the #DefaultonAmerica bill which throws people off SNAP & > hunger & poverty. #SNAPMatters #EndHungerNow
- “@FRACtweets strongly opposes #DebtCeiling bill that would arbitrarily throw people off SNAP, and other vital benefits as the price for raising the country’s debtceiling. This is not only counterproductive; it is cruel.”- @fracprez, Luis Guardia #CareNOTCuts
- Let us be clear. Access to food shouldn’t have a time limit. Join @fractweets in urging Congress to keep their #HandsOffSNAP & pass a budget that ensures people have the nutrition & other resources they need to thrive. #CareNotCuts
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- Hungry People can’t wait! @POTUS @SenSchumer @RepJeffries @SpeakerMcCarthy @LeaderMcConnell pass a #DebtCeiling bill that ensures people have the nutrition & resources they need to thrive. #SNAPMatters #CareNotCuts
- Let us be clear. Access to food shouldn’t have a time limit. @POTUS @SenSchumer @RepJeffries @SpeakerMcCarthy @LeaderMcConnell, we join @fractweets in urging passage of a #debtceiling bill so people have the nutrition & resources they need to thrive. #SNAPMatters #CareNotCuts
- .@POTUS @SenSchumer @RepJeffries @SpeakerMcCarthy @LeaderMcConnell pass a #DebtCeiling bill that does not > hunger, poverty. #SNAPMatters #CareNotCuts
If you have questions about engaging your Members of Congress in debt ceiling advocacy, please contact Vijay Das, email@example.com, Timothy Klipp-Lockhart, firstname.lastname@example.org, Ellen Teller, email@example.com, or for questions on SNAP and time limits, contact Gina Plata-Nino, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Action Needed: Oppose House Leadership Plan to Raise Debt Ceiling that Currently Includes Cuts to SNAP
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pledged to schedule a vote on a bill to raise the country’s debt limit in exchange for steep spending cuts to domestic programs and harmful cuts to programs that support people and families with low incomes, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Details are still emerging, but reports state that the current proposal includes rigid time limits for SNAP and Medicaid, in addition to harsh caps on federal domestic spending programs for fiscal year 2024, among other significant harmful provisions. The House could vote on this draconian package as early as next week.
Take Action Now!
Raising the Debt Limit (a procedural vote that authorizes payment on already established obligations of the federal government) should be a “clean vote” and not tethered to proposals that slash funding or make changes to programs that help households with low incomes and arbitrarily throw people off SNAP and Medicaid.
Advocates must take action TODAY:
- Call/email your House Members today and throughout next week before a possible House floor vote. Urge them to speak out and support — not cut — SNAP. See the Food Research & Action Center’s SNAP/Farm Bill Priorities and bills we are supporting in Farm Bill negotiations. Urge your Members to support SNAP by cosponsoring these bills. House switchboard, 202- 225-3121.
- Utilize these talking points to support your outreach efforts.
For more information on ways to engage your Members of Congress in opposing the House leadership’s Debt Limit proposal, contact Vijay Das, email@example.com, Tim Klipp-Lockhart, TKlipp-Lockhart@frac.org, or Ellen Teller, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For questions about SNAP and time limits, contact Ellen Vollinger, email@example.com, or Gina Plata-Nino, firstname.lastname@example.org.
FY 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act (‘Omnibus’) Legislative Summary
On December 23, Congress passed the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the federal government through fiscal year 2023. The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies funding bill, one of 12 subcommittee bills contained in the omnibus spending package, provides $25.5 billion — an increase of $737 million, 3 percent above fiscal year (FY) 2022 — to fund U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs. The committee highlights can be found here and a division-by-division summary of the bill is here.
It is important to note that one offset (funding mechanism) for certain provisions in the legislation was a premature cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotments (EAs). This cut will hasten the hunger cliff for millions of people with low incomes as soon as March 2023 (as opposed to the end of the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency declaration). For more on the SNAP EAs cuts, go to Food Research & Action Center’s statement.
Learn more in FRAC’s full FY 2023 Omnibus Legislative Summary.
Congress Passes Bipartisan, Bicameral Keep Kids Fed Act
On Friday, June 24, 2022, Congress passed the Keep Kids Fed Act (S. 2089), a bipartisan and bicameral bill to help mitigate the impact of the loss of the child nutrition waivers due to expire next Thursday, June 30, 2022. This bill is an important first step that would increase reimbursements to schools and child care centers, support access to summer meals, and streamline access to healthy meals for children in family child care. Learn more in this blog post.
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.
Sign Up for the FRAC Action Network!
Urge your Representatives to support and strengthen the Federal Nutrition Programs. Learn about the latest opportunities for action by signing up for the FRAC Action Network. Hungry people can’t wait.
Recent Publications & DataSee More Resources
During the 2022–2023 school year, there was a significant increase in the number of schools and districts participating in community eligibility. Learn more in FRAC’s latest report, Community Eligibility: The Key to Hunger-Free Schools, School Year 2022–2023.Read the report
- Advocacy Tool
Use this leave behind in your advocacy efforts to inform your Members of Congress about the critical importance of Healthy School Meals for All, and urge them to support key legislation.Download the leave behind
- Advocacy Tool
Use this leave behind to inform your Members of Congress about budget and appropriations priorities for the 2024 Fiscal Year.Download the leave behind
- Advocacy ToolLeave Behind 2023: Farm Bill: Congress Must Protect and Strengthen SNAP, TEFAP, and Other Anti-Hunger Programs
Use this leave behind to inform your Members of Congress about the critical importance of SNAP, TEFAP, and other anti-hunger programs.Download the leave behind
This week, FRAC released its annual report, Community Eligibility: The Key to Hunger-Free Schools, School Year 2022–2023, detailing participation in the Community Eligibility Provision among schools and districts in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The 2022–2023 school year marked the end of the pandemic-related child nutrition waivers that allowed schools across the country to offer meals to all their students at no charge since spring 2020. By providing healthy free school meals for all, these waivers ensured that all children, no matter their household income, could reap the academic and health benefits of school breakfast. Despite a strong call for these waivers to be extended through the 2022–2023 school year, many schools were forced to return to the tiered system of certifying children for free, reduced-price, or paid meals.
As schools transitioned back to normal operations for the 2022–2023 school year, community eligibility has facilitated this transition by allowing schools in high-need areas to continue providing free meals to all students without needing to collect applications. As a result, we have seen significant growth in community eligibility participation, which shows the commitment schools across the country have shown to finding ways to continue serving meals to all their students free of charge.
Throughout May, we recognize and support older adults during Older Americans Month. Older adults, defined as someone over 60 years old, make up a large portion of our nation’s capital, as well as a large portion of those experiencing food insecurity and utilizing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. According to the Food Research & Action Center, the District of Columbia has one of the highest rates of older adult food insecurity in the nation, with 12.8 percent of older adults experiencing food insecurity. Almost 22,000 of the District’s older adults participate in SNAP (around 16 percent of all SNAP participants).
The D.C. Council recently passed three bills that would increase local support for older adults — the No Senior Hungry Omnibus Amendment Act, the Senior Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being Equity Amendment Act of 2022, and the Give SNAP a Raise Amendment Act.
In recognition of Older Americans Month this May, the Food Research & Action Center is releasing a blog on food insecurity among older adults. The blog focuses on food insecurity’s prevalence and risk factors that make older adults more likely to experience food insecurity.