March 2021 Update: In a victory for immigrant families and our country, the Trump Administration’s public charge rule is permanently blocked, nationwide. This is the result of the Biden Administration’s decision to stop defending the Trump-era rule in court and ensuing action by federal courts. FRAC extends our thanks to anti-hunger and Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign partners for their tireless advocacy that helped block the public charge rule and its harms to the nutrition, health, and well-being of immigrant families.
COVID-19 Update: Food and nutrition programs are critical sources of support for families and individuals. For information on these programs and the COVID-19 response, see:
Food Over Fear: Overcoming Barriers to Connect Latinx Immigrant Families to Federal Nutrition and Food Programs
This report sheds light on why many immigrant families are forgoing vital assistance from federal nutrition and food programs and lifts up recommendations aimed at ensuring that all families and individuals, regardless of immigration status, are nourished and healthy.
Trump Administration attacks — through administrative actions, divisive rhetoric, ICE raids, and other means — on immigrant families have created an environment of heightened fear and confusion.
This has contributed to a chilling effect on the use of nutrition and other critical assistance programs that extends far beyond the individuals and families who are directly impacted, resulting in a poorer, sicker, and hungrier nation.
Learn more about opportunities to help immigrant families access SNAP and other nutrition resources.
- Read FRAC’s February 2020 Implementation of the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Public Charge Rule: FAQs for Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Stakeholders.
- Check out FRAC’s February 2020 fact sheet The New Public Charge Rule Does Not Include Free and Reduced-Price School Meals
- Read FRAC’s February 2020 Update for Anti-Hunger and Nutrition Stakeholders: Unpacking the Three Public Charge Rules.
- See FRAC’s recent post Public Charge: Pushing back in the Wake of the Supreme Court Decision.
- See D.C. Hunger Solutions’ Public Charge & SNAP: What You Need to Know.
- Read the amicus brief from FRAC, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and the National Housing Law Project identifying the likely harm of the DHS public charge rule change on food security, health, and housing.
- See FRAC’s DHS public charge rule summary and actions to take.
- Watch the webinars: Immigrant Families’ Access to Nutrition: Threats and Strategies to Push Back(Aug 14, 2019); Breakfast Matters Webinar: Supporting Immigrant Families recording password: 3sRy7UYU (December 12, 2019).
FRAC serves as the nutrition lead on the steering committee for the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign (PIF), which is mobilizing a nationwide resistance effort to reject attacks on the nation’s health and well-being. Join PIF to stay current on this and other attacks on immigrant families.