Advocate 2018-05-02T16:37:56+00:00

Tell Congress: Don’t slash programs that feed millions of people in our community

 

Major Federal Nutrition Programs at risk of being cut

The 2018 Farm Bill is the major agricultural and food legislation that gets revisited or reauthorized by Congress every 5 years. It provides the heart of the federal commitment that no one in Florida or in any state across this great nation should go hungry. The bill includes the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP formerly food stamps) as well as other critical anti-hunger programs such as: The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

As part of our mission to end hunger, in partnership with Feeding America we are committed to fighting to protect and expand access to federal nutrition programs. We’re encouraging our hunger advocates to contact their Congressional member and ensure they vote to protect food assistance programs from these cuts.

Key points:

  • 15.1% are food insecure in Florida, the majority of these people are children.
  • In 2016 SNAP provided food assistance to over 3 million individuals in Florida, 62% of whom are children, seniors, or disabled.
  • SNAP support nutrition education efforts, as well as employment and training programs to help beneficiaries gain skills or work experience to move toward self-sufficiency.
  • The farm bill also provides policies and programs that help support the country’s agriculture economy and supports rural communities.
  • If all proposed cuts are approved by Congress, millions of meals will disappear from our community every year.

Helpful links 

Feeding America Farm Bill One Pager

Farm Bill and Florida

SNAP and AWDT factsheet

Implications of converting SNAP to a block grant

SNAP Florida

TEFAP in America

AG Surplus one pager

CSFP Program Overview

Advocate to end hunger 

Advocate for change! You can help raise awareness about hunger in America. It takes active partnerships with individuals, like you to create a dialogue with the private sector and the government. You can advocate for policies that will help ensure aid to next-door neighbors in need or you can simply start at home by educating your family about hunger and the things you can do to help. 

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