Congress Passes Disaster Relief Bill That Includes Much-Needed Funding for Nutrition Assistance in Puerto Rico

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2019 — Congress passed a long-awaited $19.1 billion disaster aid package that includes much-needed help for communities in many states and U.S. territories. Notably, it includes $600 million for Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP), which is the Commonwealth’s version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Unlike SNAP, which is designed to provide assistance to all eligible people who apply, NAP is structured as a limited block grant.

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More Low-Income Students Receive Free School Meals in the 2018–2019 School Year Through Community Eligibility

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2019 — More students across the country are benefiting from community eligibility, according to a report released by FRAC. Community Eligibility: The Key to Hunger-Free Schools finds that the number of schools participating in community eligibility grew by 14 percent compared to the 2017–2018 school year, with 64.2 percent of eligible schools participating.  

Millions of Mothers, Infants, and Toddlers Don’t Get the Nutrition They Need for a Healthy Life

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2019 — Too many pregnant women, new mothers, and their young children in the U.S. are missing out on the healthy nutrition they need, according to Making WIC Work Better: Strategies to Reach More Women and Children and Strengthen Benefits Use, a new report from FRAC. The report features recommendations to overcome the barriers that have led to a shocking downward trend in participation in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).