Join National, State, and Community-based Organizations in a Letter Urging Congress to Protect and Strengthen SNAP in Farm Bill Negotiations

The House Farm Bill and Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Boozman’s framework both pose serious threats to future SNAP benefits. Join hundreds (almost 1,000) national, state, and community-based organizations in a letter urging Congress to protect and strengthen SNAP in Farm Bill negotiations.

Action Needed: We urge you to join national, state, and community-based organizations in sending a joint letter to Congress urging that any Farm Bill must – at its core – ensure that SNAP is protected and strengthened. Additionally, we will oppose any Farm Bill which proposes cuts to SNAP including restricting future Thrifty Food Plan benefit adjustments – nearly $30 billion in cuts over 10 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office – in addition to provisions outsourcing administrative functions currently required to be performed by public sector merit employees.

Deadline: Mid-June or when 1,000 groups have signed on, whichever comes first.

Action Needed: Oppose House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill
That Would Cut SNAP’s Future Thrifty Food Plan Benefits

The House Agriculture Committee voted out of Committee the Farm, Food, and National Security Act of 2024 (House Farm Bill), by a vote of 33-21, on early Friday morning, 5/24. All Republicans and four Democrats – Sorensen (D-IL), Caraveo (D-CO), Davis (D-NC), and Bishop (D-GA) – voted to advance the bill. The bill poses a serious threat to the health and wellbeing of the more than 41.4 million people who rely on SNAP to put food on the table. See Ranking Member David Scott’s (D-GA) opening statement and FRAC’s statement in opposition.

Take Action Now in Advance of Thursday’s Markup!

House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Resources  

For questions or more information, contact Tim Klipp-Lockhart, tklipp-lockhart@frac.org; or Ellen Teller, eteller@frac.org.

Child Tax Credit Advocacy Needed: Join April 2 Day of Action to Push for Senate Vote

Join the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), the Coalition on Human Needs, Economic Security Project, MomsRising, and our varied partners for an April 2 day of action focused on getting the Child Tax Credit (CTC) improvements in the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act over the finish line in the Senate.

Take Action

Build momentum in the lead-up to April 2, the day of, and beyond:

  • Use and share with your networks the FRAC Action Network to call on the Senate to pass the bill.
  • Meet with Senate offices to push on the urgency and importance of CTC improvements to improve food security and lift families with children out of poverty.
  • Get vocal on social media.

State of Play

Urge your Senators to swifty take up and pass the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act when they return to Washington, D.C., and to reject any amendments that could weaken or limit the impact of the CTC for families. The House overwhelmingly passed the bill (357–70) in January.

An expanded and inclusive CTC is a transformational policy for addressing hunger among families with children. Under the House-passed bill, approximately 16 million out of the 19 million children currently left out of the full or any CTC will benefit, and an estimated 400,000 children will be lifted above the poverty line.

Resources

Resources to draw on and share:

For more information on the CTC, contact Susan Beaudoin, sbeaudoin@frac.org; for help with communications with your Senate offices, contact Tim Klipp-Lockhart, tklipp-lockhart@frac.org, or Ellen Teller, eteller@frac.org.

Food Research & Action Center Applauds Congress for Releasing FY 2024 Spending Bill to Fully Fund WIC, Rejecting Harmful SNAP Policy Rider

“At a crucial juncture, Congress on March 3, 2024 released a final fiscal year (FY) 2024 Agriculture Appropriations package, securing $7.030 billion in critical funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), a lifeline for nearly 7 million pregnant and postpartum women and young children, including approximately half of all infants born in the U.S. By rejecting a substantial number of harmful policy riders, which included efforts to restrict SNAP benefits — a proposal which received widespread, bipartisan criticism, Congress has also shown a commitment to the health, well-being, and dignity of millions of families.” Read more in FRAC’s statement,

House Passes Tax Proposal Including Child Tax Credit Enhancements in Bipartisan Vote

“FRAC applauds the House for swiftly and overwhelmingly passing the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act, a vital step in expanding the Child Tax Credit and addressing our nation’s child hunger crisis. The bill’s enhancements to the tax credit will benefit 16 million children currently left out of receiving the full or any credit, and will lift 400,000 above the poverty line. Investing in families is crucial to ending hunger and fostering a more prosperous society. We now urge the Senate to expedite this legislation without amendments – hungry families can’t wait.”

– FRAC President Luis Guardia

Action Needed: Urge Your Members of Congress to Cosponsor SNAP Priority Legislation in Upcoming Farm Bill

Join advocates from across the country in urging Members of Congress to support the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by cosponsoring anti-hunger priority legislation to be considered in the upcoming Farm Bill.

Action needed: Urge Congress to protect and strengthen SNAP in the upcoming Farm Bill by supporting and cosponsoring the following legislation:

  • The Improving Access to Nutrition Act (H.R. 1510/S. 2435) would end harsh and arbitrary time limits on SNAP benefits for certain individuals and allow them to access the food, nutrition, and overall health benefits provided by the program. Bill highlights, House and Senate sponsors.
  • The Closing the Meal Gap Act (H.R. 3037/S. 1336) would base SNAP benefit allotments on the more adequate Low-Cost Food Plan, boost SNAP benefits for families with children forced to choose between food and shelter, increase benefits for older adults forced to choose between food and medicine, raise the SNAP minimum monthly benefit, and improve equitable access by extending SNAP to Puerto Rico (replacing the current block-granted Nutrition Assistance Program). Bill highlights, House and Senate cosponsors.
  • The Enhance Access to SNAP Act (EATS) (H.R. 3183/S. 1488) would eliminate the barriers that college students face when accessing SNAP. Bill highlights, House and Senate cosponsors.
  • The Hot Foods Act (H.R. 3519/S. 2258) would end the prohibition on use of SNAP benefits to purchase hot prepared foods from food retailers. Bill highlights, House and Senate cosponsors.
  • The Lift the Bar Act (H.R. 4170/S. 2038) would eliminate the five-year bar (waiting period) for legal permanent immigrants to access SNAP and other federal programs. Bill highlights, House and Senate cosponsors.
  • The Restore Act (H.R. 3479/S. 1753) would repeal the lifetime federal ban on individuals with felony drug convictions from receiving SNAP. Bill highlights, House and Senate cosponsors.

For more information on engaging your Members of Congress, contact Vijay Das, vdas@frac.org, or Tim Klipp-Lockhart, tklipp-lockhart@frac.org. For information on SNAP, contact Salaam Bhatti, sbhatti@frac.org.

Use the FRAC Action Network

FRAC’s Road to the Farm Bill Resource Center

Visit FRAC’s Road to the Farm Bill page to discover priority SNAP legislation, Farm Bill talking points, critical actions, and much more.

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Congressional Calendar

Explore the 2023 House and Senate calendars.

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.

Read FRAC's Budget Reconciliation 101

Sign Up for the FRAC Action Network!

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Recent Publications & Data

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  • Report

    Efforts by health care providers to address food insecurity continue to grow. FRAC’s new research brief underscores the importance of connecting patients to SNAP, WIC, and other federal nutrition programs as the foundational intervention to address food insecurity in health care settings;
    provides key steps that health care providers can take to connect patients to federal nutrition programs; and synthesizes research on food insecurity interventions in health care settings that featured connecting patients to SNAP and WIC. Learn more in Connecting Patients to SNAP and WIC in Health Care Settings.

    Read the research brief
  • Advocacy Tool

    The federal nutrition programs are a critical support for tens of millions of households — including individuals of all ages — by helping them put food on the table during times of need. Investing in hunger prevention and relief makes good fiscal sense. Hunger increases health care costs, lowers worker productivity, harms children’s development, and diminishes students’ educational attainment. These negative impacts can be minimized with robust funding and support for the federal nutrition programs. Use this Fiscal Year 2025 Budget and Appropriations leave behind in your advocacy. 

    Read the leave behind
  • Advocacy Tool

    School meals play an important role in reducing childhood hunger, supporting good nutrition, and ensuring that students are hunger-free and ready to get the most out of their school day. Use this 2024 Healthy School Meals for All leave behind in your advocacy. 

    Read the leave behind
  • Advocacy Tool

    An expanded and inclusive CTC is a transformational policy for addressing hunger among families with children.3 With the tax credit improvements in the Tax Relief for American Families and Workers Act, Congress has a unique opportunity to address hunger among households with children and improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of millions in our nation. Use this 2024 Leave Behind in your advocacy. 

    Read the leave behind

FRAC Chat

Jun 18, 2024
Rashan Datcher, FRAC Senior Human Resources Manager, People and Culture, and Co-Chair of FRAC’s Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

As an organization whose mission is to improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of people struggling against poverty-related hunger in the United States through advocacy, partnerships, and by advancing bold and equitable policy solutions, our work has a commitment to Racial, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion or as we call it REDI. I co-chair the REDI committee at FRAC and the values embedded in Juneteeth are aligned with our commitment to REDI all year long.

May 29, 2024
Stefano Mancini, Congressional Hunger Center Emerson Fellow

The first Older Americans Month in May 1963 celebrated the contributions of older adults as well as the unique challenges that they face. Special attention to older Americans inspired policy changes like Medicare, which facilitated older adults’ independence, health, and dignity.1

This month, we celebrate the strides made to support older Americans and acknowledge that older adults still face many barriers to active aging and wellness, including food insecurity.

May 09, 2024
Stefano Mancini, Congressional Hunger Center Emerson Fellow

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a vital tool for public health, helping families supplement their budgets to put food on the table. A new Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) research brief underscores the ways that consumer choice in SNAP enhances dignity and equity in the program and entrusts families to make decisions about their health.