The Farm Bill SNAP – Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program Provides monthly benefits to eligible low-income people to purchase food, SNAP plays a critical role in reducing hunger, malnutrition, and poverty, and improving family security, child and adult health, employment, and other outcomes.
Ensure that SNAP benefits are sufficient to meet the needs of every household enrolled.
Oppose proposals to block grant SNAP, to cap or cut funding, or to impose restrictive work requirements or otherwise restrict participation.
Remove harsh time-limit on benefits for certain jobless adults willing to work, but cannot due to high barriers or unique circumstances
Strengthen seniors’ ability to access SNAP by simplifying the application forms, and through other proven best practices.
Ensure that access to Fresh Fruits & Vegetables is supported and increased
TEFAP – The Emergency Food Assistance Program Supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition commodities at no cost.
Provide adequate and increased TEFAP Storage and Distribution Funds to support the infrastructure and distribution capacity necessary to meet need.
Provide the full authorized amount for TEFAP food purchases in light of continued high demand and any additional demand if SNAP participants will be cut from the program in the new Farm Bill.
Provide full funding for Section 32, which is a permanent appropriation for the purchase of farm commodities that has been in place since 1935 to ensure the USDA can provide market support through bonus commodities for TEFAP when prices are low; caps on Section 32 result in less food for food banks.
CSFP – Commodity Supplemental Food Program Works to improve the health of low-income elderly persons at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA shelf stable foods once a month
Appropriations should provide adequate funding for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), which provides monthly nutritious food packages to low-income seniors.
Provide a larger variety of increased nutritious options for program participants.
SNAP-ED – Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program Education Grant program that provides funding for nutritional education to SNAP clients
Preserve and protect this vital program
Prevent transfer of SNAP-Ed funds to ENFAP – Expanded Food And Nutrition Program
The Child Nutrition Re-authorization - CNR The Child Nutrition Re-authorization bill that funds child nutrition programs that provide kids with balanced, nutritious meals from infancy through age 18, both at school and after school. Meal Programs
Protect the child nutrition programs and make key improvements to the summer meals program by streamlining summer and after-school meals.
Make permanent the Summer EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer) program and non-congregate options, in the Appropriations process to ensure that all low-income children, especially those living in rural or hard-to-reach communities, have access to nutritious food during the summer months.
Support summer EBT and Non-Congregate Demonstration Projects.
Support the school meals direct certification grant expansion to improve program integrity and access.
Provide school equipment grants for school districts to build their capacity to prepare healthy meals.
Prevent the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable from offering frozen and canned commodities
Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education and access to health care for millions of low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to age five who are at nutritional risk.
Appropriations for the WIC program should be sufficient to meet current caseloads
Increase the age cap from 5 years old to 6 years old to meet the needs of children not yet enrolled in school nutrition programs
Budget, Tax and Charitable Giving/Spending Bills and Appropriation We must ensure federal programs have sufficient funding to carry out its purpose Charitable Giving - Protect charitable giving by ensuring sensible standard deductions that do not promote or result in a decrease in giving. Estate Tax - Protect the Estate Tax, which allows non-taxable estate transfers to charitable organizations Contribution Limits - Prevent an increase the limitation on cash contributions to public charities from 50% to 60% of adjusted gross income, and retain the 5-year carry forward for contributions that exceed the AGI limit. Volunteer Mileage Deduction - Increase the amount that could be deducted for the use of a passenger automobile for charitable purposes from 14 cents per mile to an amount that reflects the current variable cost of operating an automobile.
Food Waste Donation Incentives Ask Congress to pass legislation expanding tax deductions for small businesses, farmers and ranchers, which will make it easier to donate excess food to food banks. Farm to Food Bank Create pilot programs to promote farm to food bank Food Date Labeling Support bills such as HR 5298 that would require common and simple to understand date labeling for packaged food.