Mar 29, 2023

Take Action: Submit a Comment to End Rule Preventing SSI Participants From Getting Food They Need

Director of Root Causes and Specific Populations

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides a lifeline of cash assistance –at a maximum amount of $914 per month – for millions of people who are disabled, blind, or age 65 or over, and have low incomes and limited resources.
However, woefully outdated and punitive financial rules mean SSI participants struggle to put food on the table. One such rule, the in-kind support and maintenance (ISM) rule, means that recipients can see their SSI checks cut by one-third (to $609 or less a month) if they get help from friends or family with paying rent or buying groceries. Not surprisingly, food insecurity rates are most prevalent among SSI recipients compared to recipients of other disability assistance programs.
Anti-hunger advocates can weigh in before Monday, April 17, to oppose one harmful aspect of the current ISM rule, as well as continue to advocate for broader improvements to SSI.

Mar 28, 2023

Impact of Food Insecurity on Women

Food Research & Action Center

In recognition of Women’s History Month, FRAC staff and Congressional Hunger Center fellows shared their perspectives and expertise on how best to address food insecurity impacting individuals identifying as women.
According to FRAC research on the intersection between hunger, poverty and health, in 2020, during COVID-19 women were more likely than men to report food insufficiency, which is not having enough to eat. For example, in December 2020, 55 percent of respondents who sometimes or often reported not having enough to eat were women. In 2019, 28.7 percent of households with single mothers were food insecure compared to 15.4 percent of single-father households.

Mar 15, 2023

Healthy School Meals for All Can Strengthen a Local and Resilient Food System

Across the country, we need a system of school meals that serves all children and values the people who get it to the table. That’s why National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is advocating for values-aligned universal meals focused on equity for the most impacted stakeholders across the food system. We are pleased to work with partners from across the country, including Food Research & Action Center, we created the “Who’s at the Table School Meals Campaign” to provide tools that communicate how our shared values can create healthy school meals for all kids that transform our food system, and advocate for the policies to do that.

Mar 14, 2023

Let’s End Time Limits on SNAP Benefits

SNAP Director

This Congress is indeed a tale of very of two very different perspectives. Even as a “hunger cliff” is hitting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households in March, and tens of millions of people are losing an average of $82 a person a month in grocery money, some conservatives are pushing for harsh changes to further undermine SNAP’s access for unemployed and underemployed people.

Mar 13, 2023

Medicaid Unwinding Will Hurt Families Struggling to Put Food on the Table

Director of Root Causes and Specific Populations

Millions of households face a hunger cliff now that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s Emergency Allotments have ended. Many of these same households may also be at risk of losing health insurance coverage as the Medicaid continuous coverage provision ends on March 31, exacerbating hardships for household health, food security, and economic security.