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Trump Administration Wants to Cut the Power of SNAP for Millions
USDA’s proposed rule on SNAP Standardization of State Heating and Cooling Standard Utility Allowances (SUA) would cut program benefits by a total of $4.5 billion over five years. This cut would result from changes in how states take households’ utility costs into account in determining the amount of SNAP benefits for which they qualify.

Comment deadline: December 2, 2019.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Tell the administration the proposed SNAP SUA rule will have harmful impacts on health and well-being as well as on the economy.
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Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation
FRAC’s report on participation data in the Afterschool Nutrition Programs measures how many children had access to afterschool suppers and snacks in October 2018, nationally and in each state.

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FRAC Chat

Nov 07, 2019
Heather Hartline-Grafton

It is well-established that food insecurity contributes to poor health, poor disease management, higher health care utilization, and increased health care costs. This is especially true for people with special health care needs, such as cystic fibrosis.

CF, which affects an estimated 30,000 people in the U.S., is a genetic disorder that causes persistent lung infections and over time limits the ability to breathe. The condition results in damage to the lungs as well as complications for the digestive system and other organs. People living with CF have complex medical needs requiring specialized care and treatment, including consuming a diet high in calories. Living with CF can be very expensive due to high out-of-pocket costs, which can further complicate and compound the challenges that patients and their families face.

Oct 18, 2019
Ellen Vollinger

Despite signs that the U.S. is experiencing modest progress in driving down rates of food insecurity and poverty, it’s evident that far too many households still struggle to meet basic needs, like food and utilities. Ignoring that fact, the Trump administration has proposed its third Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rule this year, this one threatening to deepen the heating or eating dilemma for many more low-income households.

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  • Fact Sheet

    The Caregivers Access and Responsible Expansion (CARE) for Kids Act of 2019 (S. 2760), introduced by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), will help support children who are being raised by grandparents or relatives other than their parents by ensuring automatic access to free school meals.

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  • Fact Sheet

    The Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (Summer EBT) program offers an exciting opportunity to reduce summer hunger by providing additional resources to purchase food during the summer months for families whose children are certified to receive free or reduced-price school meals during the school year. Summer EBT is a complement to the Summer Nutrition Programs (which support summer meal programs in low-income communities that are frequently combined with educational, enrichment, and recreational activities) and can help reduce food insecurity for low-income families, particularly in rural or other areas with limited access to summer meals.

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  • Fact Sheet

    Most school districts can take additional steps to increase the number of students they certify to receive free school meals without submitting a school meal application. This improves the financial viability of implementing community eligibility, reduces administrative work for the district, and ensures that the most vulnerable students are able to receive free school breakfast and lunch.

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  • Toolkit

    According to our new report, Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation, on an average day in October 2018, the Afterschool Nutrition Programs provided suppers to 1.3 million children (a 10.4 percent increase from October 2017) and snacks to 1.5 million children. 

    FRAC has developed a communications toolkit to help you spread the word about the promising growth in afterschool nutrition participation — alongside strategies for making even more progress. The toolkit includes our new report, our national news release, a sample news release, sample social media, and graphics.

    Read the report