The Farm Bill
The Farm Bill, which is reauthorized every five years, is the single largest source of federal funding for federal hunger-relief programs. In addition to setting policy for programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) that put food on the table for Americans struggling with hunger, it covers a range of agriculture-related areas such as commodities, conservation, rural development, livestock, and energy.
In February 2014, after three years of debate, Congress passed a new Farm Bill. The results were mixed: SNAP was cut by $8.6 billion while funding for emergency food for food banks was increased by $205. This was the second cut to SNAP in the past year.
Now we turn our attention to educating Congress about the impact the recent cuts to SNAP are having on their constituents and helping our food banks address the expected increased in need.
Check out our action center to find out how you can get involved!
Tax Policy and Deficit Reduction
Feeding America is actively engaged in protecting federal anti-hunger programs as Congress addresses how to reduce the deficit and balance our nation's budget, as well as advocating for federal tax provisions that protect food and fund donations to the Feeding America food bank network.
Feeding America is engaged in advocating for a strong federal anti-hunger safety net through the Appropriations process and ensuring programs like TEFAP, CSFP, and WIC have adequate funding to meet the need.
Once Appropriations season heats up, we may need your help to ensure these programs are adequately funded, so stay tuned!