Sep 23, 2021

Huge SNAP Improvements Have Historic Roots

On October 1, low-income households will experience a huge upgrade in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which originally was named the Food Stamp Program. At that time, average SNAP food aid to impoverished households will increase by approximately 27 percent above pre-pandemic levels. It is the most significant enhancement of the program in more than four decades.This improvement is long overdue. Indeed, efforts to secure a comparable increase in program benefits were initiated, through litigation, literally 50 years ago.

Sep 17, 2021

Last Call for Community Eligibility for School Year 2021–2022: Lock in Healthy School Meals for All for Four Years and Secure P-EBT Benefits

Child Nutrition Policy Analyst

The September 30 community eligibility deadline is fast approaching. The Community Eligibility Provision allows high-poverty schools and districts to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students based on the number of students automatically eligible for free school meals. Eligible schools and school districts need to act quickly to lock in Healthy School Meals for All across four school years.

Sep 08, 2021

House Committee on Education and Labor Passes Build Back Better Act

On Thursday, September 9, 2021, the House Committee on Education and Labor will mark up its portion of the Build Back Better Act, which includes nearly $35 billion in funding for the Child Nutrition Programs. These critical investments will allow the nation to build back better, ensuring children have access to the nutrition they need year-round and helping overcome the educational, health, and economic impacts of the pandemic.

Aug 24, 2021

Raise Your Hand for Healthy School Meals for All

Social Media and Content Marketing Associate

Momentum for healthy school meals for all at no charge is building across the country.

On August 18, the anti-hunger advocates from coast to coast raised their hand to show support for school nutrition programs and urge Congress to address childhood hunger by making free school meals for all children permanent.

Aug 17, 2021

Thrifty Food Plan Revision Is Welcome News

Legal/Food Stamp Director

On August 16, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that its reevaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) will result in an increase in average monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits of $36.24 per person compared with pre-COVID-19 levels. Average SNAP benefits will rise from the pre-COVID-19 amount of $4.20 per person per day to $5.39. The change will be implemented October 1, 2021, the start of federal fiscal year 2022.