Find an expert on solutions to ending hunger in America.

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Browse experts on:

    • White House National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
    • Healthy School Meals for All
    • The Road to the 2023 Farm Bill
    • Bold and Equitable Policy Solutions to Ending Hunger
    • Hurricane Season / Disaster SNAP
    • Infant Formula Shortage
    • 2022 Child Nutrition Reauthorization
    • FRAC’s 50th Anniversary
    • The Important Role of Federal Nutrition Programs

President: Luis Guardia
@fracprez | Bio

Topics: Hunger in America

Story Ideas

    • The White House National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health presents an opportunity to end hunger by 2030.
    • COVID-19 has deepened America’s hunger crisis. Here’s how we can build on lessons learned from the pandemic to keep people fed. 

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Director of Root Causes and Specific Populations
Alex Ashbrook | Bio

Topics: Older Adults, Immigrant Families, LGBTQ Individuals and Families, Public Charge, Screening Patients for Food Insecurity, Root Causes of Hunger

Story Ideas

    • SNAP serves as a lifeline for millions of older adults struggling against hunger and poverty. 
    • Grandparent-headed households face a high risk of food insecurity. 
    • SNAP is a lifeline for millions of people, including the nearly 9 million older adult households participating in the program.
    • The Biden administration’s new public charge rule is an essential step in addressing fears that deter eligible immigrant families from accessing benefits. 
    • Pediatricians can play a critical role in addressing food insecurity by connecting families to federal nutrition programs. 

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Director of School and Out-of-School Time Programs: Crystal FitzSimons | Bio

Topics: School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, Afterschool Nutrition Programs, Summer Nutrition Programs, Pandemic EBT, Community Eligibility Provision

Story Ideas

    • Healthy School Meals for All — offering school breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge to families —helps ensure that all children have the nutrition they need to grow and thrive. 
    • Childhood hunger in this country has spiked dramatically as a result of the public health and economic fallout of COVID-19, but things would have been far worse if not for free school meals for all students. 
    • School meals are vital tools for combating childhood hunger, improving children’s health, and supporting academic achievement. 
    • Children can’t learn on an empty stomach. School meals are just as important to students’ academic success as textbooks or transportation. 
    • Community eligibility allows high-need schools to continue to offer free meals to all students, but many high-need schools are not participating and too many schools are not eligible. 
    • Pandemic EBT provides nutritional resources to families who have lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to school or childcare closures. 
    • Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill could be a “game changer” for students and their families. 

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SNAP Director: Ellen Vollinger
@emv52 | Bio

Topics: SNAP, Disaster SNAP

Story Ideas

    • SNAP is the nation’s first line of defense against hunger.
    • The importance of SNAP and making investments for a strong nutrition title in the 2023 Farm Bill. 
    • What will happen to SNAP benefits when temporary relief measures of the public health declaration ends. 
    • Disaster SNAP benefits quickly deliver nutrition assistance to people recovering from natural disasters.

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Director of Nutrition Policy: Geri Henchy
@ghenchy1 | Bio

Topics: Nutrition Standards, WIC, Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Food Insecurity

Story Ideas

    • Nearly half of infant formula is purchased by WIC participants. Recent infant formula recalls and shortages have created problems for parents utilizing WIC benefits.
    • Strengthening and expanding the WIC program will improve the food and economic security of participants by reducing food insecurity, helping to alleviate poverty, and supporting economic stability.
    • Reducing CACFP paperwork and rules will increase the power of CACFP to address inequity. 

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Director of Maryland Hunger Solutions: Michael J. Wilson, @TheBowTieSpeaks | Bio

Media Contact: Brittani Riddle, briddle@frac.org

Topics: Hunger in Maryland (SNAP, WIC, School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, Afterschool Nutrition Programs, Summer Nutrition Programs), College Campus Hunger

Story Ideas

    • Marylanders face a looming hunger cliff once the Public Health Emergency ends. 
    • In the nation’s richest state, there is no reason for anyone to go hungry in Maryland. 

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Interim Director, D.C. Hunger Solutions: LaMonika Jones | Bio

Media Contact: Brittani Riddle, briddle@frac.org

Topics: Grocery Store Access, D.C. Hunger (School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, Afterschool Nutrition Programs, Summer Nutrition Programs)

Story Ideas

    • Closing the grocery store gap in the nation’s capital. 
    • School breakfast and lunch participation ensures students in the District receive a nutritious meal to fuel their health and learning.
    • Healthy School Meals for All provides an opportunity to serve school meals to all students at no cost, regardless of income.
    • CACFP ensures that children in child care and afterschool programs receive a nutritious diet and learn healthy eating habits in the District.
    • Give SNAP a Raise Amendment Act will be a significant step forward in ensuring thousands of D.C. residents have access to healthy food, providing greater flexibility to purchase nutritious food.

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