Jul 25, 2023

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: A Summer Nutrition Status Report

The Food Research and Action Center’s (FRAC) Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report released this week finds that nearly 3 million children received a lunch through the Summer Nutrition Programs on an average day in July 2022, a decrease of almost 2.4 million children from July 2021. 

Jul 11, 2023

Households Continue to Feel the Pinch of Reduced Food Assistance

Millions of people with low incomes in the U.S. are experiencing a hunger cliff since temporary increases in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits during COVID-19 ended in early 2023. This resulted in benefits averaging a mere $6 a person a day. The impact of the end of the SNAP Emergency Allotments has been felt deeply not just by households but by grocers as well.

An all time-high of 60 percent of SNAP participants surveyed by Propel in June 2023, reported not having the household essentials they typically need. Participants reported being forced to choose between buying food or paying for rent and utility and other bills. The survey also found that Black respondents were more likely to be behind on rent and utility payments than White and Latinx respondents. 

Jun 29, 2023

Addressing LGBTQIA+ Hunger, Poverty, and Discrimination

Program Manager, Root Causes and Specific Populations

Anti-hunger advocates can be vital players in addressing disproportionately high rates of food insecurity and economic insecurity among LGBTQIA+ individuals and families by strengthening access to federal nutrition programs and by championing the Equality Act, landmark federal legislation to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics.

Jun 28, 2023

Participation in School Meals Drops as Large Districts Return to Normal Operations

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) recently released the Large School District Report: Operating School Nutrition Programs as the Nation Recovers From the Pandemic. FRAC’s report details school meals participation and operations in 91 school districts across 40 states and the District of Columbia in April 2022 and October 2022. Combined, the districts include 10,748 schools and have an enrollment of 6.52 million students.

Jun 22, 2023

USDA Releases Guidance for State Implementation of Summer EBT in 2024

Senior Child Nutrition Policy Analyst

The Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Program was permanently expanded in December 2022. In early June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA-FNS) released initial guidance on state implementation of the program and requested that stakeholders submit feedback to inform the interim rulemaking. Input is still requested as guidance was just issued this month. The guidance covers four areas of Summer EBT implementation: Program Administration, Benefit Funds, Summer EBT State Administrative Funds and Other Potential Sources, and State Agreement and Management and Administration Plans. The guidance also provides high-level details that states can use to prepare for Summer EBT implementation.