Nov 17, 2021

Close SNAP Benefit Gaps

Legal/Food Stamp Director

As of mid-November 2021, 40 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been approved to continue EAs for all SNAP households. The statutory authority for those issuances, however, will end when pandemic-related health emergency declarations end.
At that point, unless Congress takes action, all SNAP households will revert to traditional program calculations. On average, SNAP households in the formerly EA states will lose $82 per month in SNAP benefits.

Nov 12, 2021

Still Minding the Grocery Gap 2021 Update

This year, D.C. Hunger Solutions published Still Minding the Grocery Gap: A 2021 Update, which found that no new grocery stores had been built in the past year in low-income Wards. However, there were major policy changes, including significant financial investments, to address the disparities in grocery store access.

Oct 28, 2021

President Biden Announces Agreement on Build Back Better Act

On Thursday, October 28, 2021, President Biden announced an agreement for the Build Back Better Act, which includes $10 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.

Oct 27, 2021

Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Their Reach in October 2020

Child Nutrition Policy Analyst

FRAC’s report, Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation was released this week. The report finds that almost 1.5 million children received a supper through the available Afterschool Nutrition Programs in October 2020 when compared to October 2019, an increase of 2.6 percent, or 37,317 children.

Oct 14, 2021

Join us in Celebrating National School Lunch This Week

Child Nutrition Policy Analyst

The last year-and-a-half has underscored how crucial maintaining access to school lunches is to alleviating childhood hunger and food insecurity. Despite the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, school nutrition programs across the country have been able to continue serving nutritious school lunches because of national waiver flexibilities, which are available through June 30, 2022. These waivers allow schools to continue serving meals to all students at no charge while also providing the needed flexibility to operate the school nutrition programs under the unique circumstances created by the pandemic.