Jun 13, 2019

New FRAC Report Elevates Community Eligibility as a Key to Hunger-Free Schools

Child Nutrition Policy Analyst

Participation in community eligibility — a powerful tool for high-need schools to offer breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students while eliminating the need for families to fill out school meal applications — is growing across the nation, according to a new FRAC report released this month. Community Eligibility: The Key to Hunger-Free Schools, School Year 2018–2019 shows that nearly 13.6 million children in nearly 28,500 schools across the country (64 percent of all eligible schools) are using the provision in the 2018–2019 school year.

Jun 10, 2019

Mission Possible: FRAC Finds the Connection

Food Research & Action Center

This post was originally published on May 22 as a part of the Mission Possible blog series from Nonprofit VOTE and Independent Sector. The series explores “the different ways a variety of nonprofits are embedding voter engagement into their work.”

Jun 07, 2019

The Price Is (Not) Right

Food Research & Action Center

As it does every June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this month will calculate the cost of a bare-bones market basket (the Thrifty Food Plan), which will serve as the basis for setting the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit allotment for the fiscal year starting in October 2019. Because of flawed assumptions behind the plan, the USDA’s pricing will leave SNAP households without enough benefits to afford a month’s worth of nutritious food.