Topic: Legislation

FRAC on the Move: 2019 UnidosUS Annual Conference

Director of Special Projects and Initiatives

FRAC On the Move is a series that follows FRAC’s policy and program experts as they connect with advocates across the country to explore strategies and develop solutions to end hunger. In this installment, Alex Ashbrook, FRAC’s director of special projects and initiatives, talks about participating on a panel at the 2019 UnidosUS Annual Conference, SNAP At Risk: How We Can Keep Our Kids and Families Healthy. Alex was joined by Sue Vega, the senior programs manager for Alivio Medical Center’s Get Covered Illinois programs, and Cynthia Kaser, the chief community programs development officer for La Maestra Community Health Centers. The conference, held in San Diego, California, convened thousands of attendees interested in social change, particularly for the Latinx community.

Summer 2019 Legislative and Administrative Roundup: Bills Currently in Play

Food Research & Action Center

Congress is on recess until September 9. During recess, advocates should engage with their Members of Congress to advocate for stronger child nutrition programs and work to protect and strengthen SNAP. This roundup describes legislative and administrative actions currently in play on Capitol Hill, and is intended to provide the latest information for in-district meetings and site visits with Members of Congress.

A Recession Might Be Coming. Can Somebody Tell the Trump Administration?

Legal/Food Stamp Director

As Labor Day approaches, some leading economists are warning that our nation’s economy could fall into another recession in the coming year. At the same time, the Trump administration is proposing rule changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would undercut the program’s effectiveness in supporting low-income families working their way up the economic ladder and the program’s countercyclical impact.

Guest Blog: Trump Administration’s Latest Proposal Would Increase Hunger for Children at Home and at School

So, we should be doing more for our kids, not less. That’s why the Trump administration’s most recent effort to change the rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is wrong and cruel. It would gut broad-based categorical eligibility, which would take basic food assistance away from working families, seniors, and people with disabilities, and make it harder for struggling people to feed their families. That also would jeopardize 500,000 kids’ access to their free breakfast and lunch at school. In other words, President Trump is literally advocating that we take food out of the mouths of our children. 

Broad-based Categorical Eligibility and School Meals

Food Research & Action Center

The Trump administration recently proposed a rule to gut states’ option to use broad-based categorical eligibility (Cat El) for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). If adopted, the rule would eliminate SNAP benefits for 3.1 million people, and jeopardize more than 500,000 children’s access to free school breakfast and lunch. Broad-based categorical eligibility allows more families that get services funded by the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program to qualify for SNAP benefits if their net incomes are at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty line.