There are many facets to hunger and to hunger relief. Among them are root causes, emergency solutions, state and federal hunger relief programs, local and community food systems, and collaboration among hunger relief partners.
The following information was provided from frac.org, the website of the Food Research and Action Center.
House Ag Committee cuts = $20.5 billion over 10 years. More about these cuts…
Senate cut = $4.1 billion over 10 years. More about this cut…
Strengthening SNAP in the 2013 Farm Bill
Letters and statements supporting SNAP
Media coverage underscoring need for Congress to protect and strengthen SNAP
Resources to Protect Federal Nutrition Safety Net Programs
Restoring SNAP Benefit Boosts
The Farm Bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation that guides and authorizes funding for most federal farm and food policies, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Every five years, Congress renews the Farm Bill through the reauthorization process. Title IV of the Farm Bill covers domestic food and nutrition and commodity distribution programs. See a list of programs. The last Farm Bill was passed in 2008.
SNAP is one of seven strategies essential for meeting the goal of ending childhood hunger by 2015. SNAP is important because the program is critical to struggling households and to the nation and its economy. When the national economy or a regional, state or area economy is in trouble, the program is among the most effective government responses. It reacts quickly and robustly when economic or natural disasters strike.
The House Agriculture Committee and the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee have jurisdiction over the Farm Bill.
For Americans below the Poverty Line:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
Seniors Famers’ Markets
For Children and Low Income Families:
USDA Snack Program
Community Food Project Grants
For American Indians:
Food Distribution Programs
Natively grown food support
For Urban Agriculture:
Urban Food Enterprise Development Center
Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship Program
The Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship Program
The Hunger-Free Communities Collaborative Grant Program
The Hunger-Free Communities Infrastructure Grant Program
Limit state SNAP coordination with LIHEAP (heat and eat) payments;
850,000 households, which include 1.7 million people, primarily in 15 states, could lose $90 in SNAP per month;
Restrict the state Categorical Eligibility option to change asset and gross income tests ($11.6 billion cut);
1.8 million individuals per year could lose SNAP benefits (CBO);
210,000 low-income children could lose free school meal access.
Eliminate state bonuses for effective SNAP operation ($480 million cut).
Contained in H.R. 1947: Federal Agriculture Reform & Risk Management Act of 2013 (committee passed in May 2013 by a vote of 36-10).
Limits state SNAP coordination with LIHEAP (heat and eat) payments.
Contained in S. 954: The Agriculture Reform Food & Jobs Act of 2013 (passed in June 2013 by a vote of 66-27).
Learn more about these cuts:
FRAC Analysis of Categorical Eligibility Restriction: Categorical Eligibility Cuts Would Worsen Hunger
FRAC Analysis of SNAP/LIHEAP Limitation : SNAP Cuts = Cuts in Meals for Americans Struggling To Heat and Eat
CBPP’s Analysis of the House Agriculture Committee’s Farm Bill (H.R. 1947): House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Would Cut Nearly 2 Million People off SNAP (pdf)
Administration’s state-by-state estimate of Cat El cuts: Protecting the Top, Hurting the Hungryand Impacts of the House Republican Budget Resolution on Food Assistance (column one of chart for Cat El)
Congressional Research Service: The Next Farm Bill – Changing the Treatment of LIHEAP Receipt in the Calculation of SNAP Benefits