New Report: Older Adults Say Temporary Boosts to Nutrition Program Benefits Are Critical to Health, Well-Being

WASHINGTON, February 24, 2022 — An overwhelming majority of more than two dozen older adults interviewed about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) said increased benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic improved their food-purchasing power, nutrition, health, and well-being. This is according to a new report, The Case for Making SNAP Benefits Adequate: Reflections from Interviews with Older Adults, released today by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) and commissioned by AARP Foundation.

Nearly 2,000 Organizations Urge Congress to Extend Child Nutrition Waivers

WASHINGTON, February 4, 2022 — The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) and nearly 2,000 national, state, and local organizations from every state across the country, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, signed a letter urging Congress to swiftly extend the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) authority to issue nationwide waivers for the Child Nutrition Programs beyond the current waivers’ expiration date of June 30, 2022.

USDA Makes Way for New School Nutrition Standards

WASHINGTON, February 4, 2022 — The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) commends the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on its announcement that the agency will embark on a multi-step process to update school nutrition standards. As a first step, USDA has issued a “short-term” bridge rule, establishing transitional standards for milk, whole grains, and sodium; making important nutrition improvements while maintaining some continuity for school meal rules over the next two school years.