Sep 08, 2023

Leveraging Federal Nutrition Programs to End Hunger Among Older Adults This Grandparents Day

Director of Root Causes and Specific Populations

Sunday September 10 is Grandparents Day. To address food insecurity among older adults, it is vital to leverage and invest in the federal nutrition programs for their proven ability to support the nutrition, health, and well-being of millions of older adults, and generate economic activity.
Federal nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can be game-changers for grandfamilies, providing financial and nutritional support to ensure that caregivers and children are nourished and healthy. This work is more important than ever, given that older adults continue to grapple with high food prices and the impact of the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis.

Sep 07, 2023

SNAP Reductions Hurt U.S. Households and State Economies

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania recently published a study utilizing national data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey to analyze the effect the end of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotments (EAs) have had on food insufficiency, which is not having enough to eat.

Sep 06, 2023

States Show Us What Is Possible With Free Healthy School Meals for All Policies

States are frequent labs of innovation for public policy and often model policies for Congress to pass nationwide. Eight states are doing just that by offering all students, regardless of household income, free school meals as they return to school this fall.

California, Maine, Colorado, Minnesota, New Mexico, Vermont, Michigan, and Massachusetts have all passed free Healthy School Meals for All policies. Additionally, Nevada is putting pandemic funds to good use by offering one more year of free school meals to all students.

Aug 31, 2023

Take Action This Labor Day: Support the Raise the Wage Act of 2023

Director of Root Causes and Specific Populations

Support the Raise the Wage Act of 2023 (H.R.4889/S.2488). This legislation will boost workers’ wages by gradually increasing the federal minimum wage to $17 an hour by 2028 and give roughly 28 million Americans a long overdue raise. Increasing the minimum wage would significantly benefit working women and their families as well as help to promote racial justice.

Ultimately, to end hunger in the U.S., we must build an economy where growth and prosperity are shared in an equitable way. That means not only restoring the value of the minimum wage, but also supporting higher wages for struggling workers, enforcing wage and hour laws, creating more robust public and private jobs, and establishing parental leave policies and child care supports that make such work feasible. When we have accomplished this, then we can truly celebrate Labor Day.

Aug 30, 2023

FRAC’s Back-to-School Reading List

Now is the time to get your school meals advocacy gear ready to support schools, school meals, and students by helping to expand free school meals for all. Use these FRAC resources to learn the school meals basics and spread the word in your community about Healthy School Meals for All, so that every school year all children have the nutrients they need to thrive and make it their best school year ever.