Aug 12, 2021

Preparing for the Thrifty Food Plan Update from USDA

Legal/Food Stamp Director

In mid-August, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is likely to announce the results of its reevaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan (TFP), the basis for calculating maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit levels. The reevaluation was mandated by the bipartisan 2018 Farm Bill and directed by a Biden Executive Order. It could result in a permanent increase in SNAP benefits effective October 1, 2021, the start of federal fiscal year 2022.

Jul 30, 2021

New Estimates on SNAP Benefit Adequacy Shortfalls Underscore Urgency to Act Now

Legal/Food Stamp Director

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits have been crucial in mitigating food hardship and stimulating economic activity during the COVID-19 crisis. 

A new report from the Urban Institute, however, documents that maximum SNAP benefit levels still fall short of the cost of low-income meals in 96 percent of all U.S. counties. Moreover, even with the 15 percent boost temporarily in place since January 2021, maximum SNAP benefits fall short of meal costs in 4 out of 10 counties. 

Jul 27, 2021

Fighting Food Insecurity With Kaiser Permanente

Director, Maryland Hunger Solutions

Kaiser Permanente and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), including FRAC’s initiatives, have partnered together many times to address food insecurity. Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) worked with Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic Region on a “food as medicine” initiative as recently as 2015. Kaiser Permanente has also supported the community outreach work of MDHS and D.C. Hunger Solutions (DCHS) over the last decade.

Jul 26, 2021

ADA Anniversary Is a Time to Double Down on Investments for Inclusion    

This month marks the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. This was a landmark event for the disability rights movement, as it was the first federal legislation designed to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. Before the ADA’s enactment, it was common for individuals with disabilities to be turned away from jobs, denied housing, and refused the same access to public and private spaces as the general public. While the ADA has bolstered civil rights for millions of individuals living with a disability, significant challenges remain to achieving an inclusive society. This is particularly true regarding income equality and food security for people with disabilities.

Jul 20, 2021

Preparing for Disaster Season

Emerson Hunger Fellow

As hurricane and wildfire seasons ramp up, here’s what you need to know about Disaster SNAP (D-SNAP)

Experts predict a 60 percent chance for an above-normal hurricane season this year. If so, then 2021 would be the sixth consecutive year with above-average hurricane activity. Hurricanes bring with them high winds, flooding, destruction, and death. Yet, they aren’t the only natural disaster we need to prepare for this summer and beyond.