Take Action to Protect Immigrant Families
Tell the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that you oppose the proposed public charge rule because it would fuel rates of hunger and food insecurity among immigrant families. The proposed rule would force immigrant families — including families with U.S. citizen children — to choose between permanent legal status (a “green card”) and their ability to access basic needs, like healthy food, safe housing, and health care. Submit your comment to tell DHS how this rule would increase hunger in our nation, and that it should be withdrawn.
Take Action to Protect SNAP during Farm Bill Conference
Urge your Members of Congress to: protect and strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) during Farm Bill Conference deliberations; speak out in support of SNAP and the Senate Farm Bill SNAP provisions; and reject any cuts or efforts to weaken the program – especially the draconian provisions contained in the House Farm Bill. Tell them to make sure the Farm Bill keeps food on the table for people struggling against hunger. (Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121)
ON THE HILL
- 2018 Farm Bill letter to House and Senate Budget and Appropriations CommitteesFRAC is proud to have played a leadership role in developing and garnering support for this letter (pdf) urging the House and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees not to “hinder development and passage of the 2018 Farm Bill with further cuts.”
- SNAP Support Letters
Recent Publications & DataSee More Resources
- Fact Sheet
This paper provides a brief overview of the importance of early nutrition; briefly summarizes the harmful impacts of food insecurity on infants and young children; and highlights research demonstrating the effective role of the federal nutrition programs during early childhood in improving food and economic security, dietary intake, health, and development.Read more
FRAC’s report on participation data in the Afterschool Nutrition Programs measures how many children had access to afterschool suppers and snacks in October 2017, nationally and in each state. 1.2 million low-income children benefited from afterschool suppers in October 2017, an 11.3 percent increase from the previous year.Read the report
- Interactive Data Tool
This interactive map highlights participation in the Afterschool Supper Program and Afterschool Snack Program for each state.Find out more
- Fact Sheet
Since the nationwide expansion of the Afterschool Meal Program was authorized in 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, sponsors, state agencies, and anti-hunger, afterschool, and child advocates have been working to increase the number of programs and children participating. This fact sheet details promising practices that can help increase the reach of afterschool suppers.Read more
Raise your hand for the many school districts across the country that are stepping up to the challenge of fighting hunger in their schools by adopting community eligibility. Below are just a few model school districts that show how invaluable community eligibility and school meals are for students.
FRAC’s Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation report released this week finds that in October 2017, 1.2 million children received an afterschool supper, an 11 percent increase from October 2016, and 1.6 million children received a snack on an average weekday. More than 46,000 afterschool programs provided a supper, a snack, or both through the Afterschool Nutrition Programs in October 2017.
Despite benefits generally agreed to be inadequate for a healthy diet through the month, SNAP helps lift millions out of poverty by increasing their purchasing power to afford adequate food. That’s according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), an annual report released by the Census Bureau. In September, the Census Bureau released the SPM as well as its report on income and poverty in the U.S., and the U.S. Department of Agriculture published the latest national rates of food insecurity. Collectively, the statistics vividly demonstrate how critical it is to continue to protect SNAP from proposed cuts.