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Food Policy Action Education Fund Formal Comments on SNAP Rule Change

Food Policy Action Education Fund Formal Comments on SNAP Rule Change

By | September 18th, 2019 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - FPA Education Fund |

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Today, Food Policy Action Education Fund submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture opposing its proposed change to food assistance rules. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is our nation’s largest anti-hunger program. This rule change would make over 3 million people ineligible for SNAP if it goes into effect. You can read our previous statements on this cruel measure here, and offer your own comments to the federal government here until 11:59 pm on Monday, September 23.


*** Food Policy Action Education Fund (FPAEF) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments in response to the proposed revision of Categorical Eligib...

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Food Policy Action Education Fund (FPAEF) appreciates the opportunity to submit comments in response to the proposed revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). FPAEF is a national organization that works to change farm and food policies to balance our food system in order to provide healthy, safe, and affordable food for everyone. National and local anti-hunger groups are key partners in our efforts to ensure that federal anti-hunger programs effectively reach the millions of Americans who need help putting food on their table.

FPAEF opposes the administration’s proposed rule to eliminate the broad-based categorical eligibility option for states.  This change would have devastating results for an estimated 3 million people, making them ineligible for SNAP, according to USDA’s own analysis. Your own report states that households with incomes slightly over the poverty level, regardless of skyrocketing housing and childcare expenses, would become “not poor enough” to receive the help they need to feed their families. Older adults would be forced to tap into and use up even modest amounts of savings before getting help to stave off hunger. USDA Secretary Purdue’s staff stated to Members of Congress that 500,000 school-age children could lose access to school meal programs if their families become ineligible for SNAP.

The results of this proposed rule are far-reaching and do not only impact hungry individuals.

  • Schools in low-income areas could lose their ability to serve universal free breakfast and lunch programs due to the change in students’ SNAP eligibility. Staff will have to spend more time filling out paperwork to certify low-income kids to receive food assistance instead of focusing on building a healthy foundation for education.
  • Seniors and people with disabilities who survive on a fixed income will be at greater risk of hunger as a result of this proposed rule and, as a result, would face increased health challenges and health care costs.
  • Finally, this position not cost effective for local communities. Every SNAP dollar stimulates between $1.50 and $.180 in economic activity. The local food retailers, farmers, and economies that benefit from SNAP spending, particularly during economic downturns, will suffer sending negative ripple effects through the whole sector.

Food Policy Action Education Fund closely followed the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill and watched as Congress specifically rejected this exact change to broad-based categorical eligibility. The U.S. Department of Agriculture should not subvert Congressional intent for this crucial anti-hunger program. We urge you to listen to the state agencies, case workers, food retailers, and front-line food pantries who oppose this rule.

 

 

Food Policy Action Statement on Trump Proposal to Deny Food Assistance to 3 Million People

Food Policy Action Statement on Trump Proposal to Deny Food Assistance to 3 Million People

By | July 24th, 2019 | Press Releases - FPA Education Fund |

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“Unfortunately, this latest attack on struggling Americans will increase hunger in the United States—including for our most vulnerable: our children and seniors,” said Monica Mills, Executive Director of Food Policy Action.


WASHINGTON, July 24, 2019 —The Trump administration has issued a proposed rule to take food assistance away from 3 million people—completely contrary ...

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2019 —The Trump administration has issued a proposed rule to take food assistance away from 3 million people—completely contrary to the decisions that Congress made in a bipartisan farm bill passed at the end of last year. This rule would make people in need ineligible to participate in the nation’s first line of defense against hunger, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), even though the Administration’s own U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that this action will increase food insecurity in the United States.

“Unfortunately, this latest attack on struggling Americans will increase hunger in the United States—including for our most vulnerable: our children and seniors,” said Monica Mills, Executive Director of Food Policy Action.

“Their proposed change would ban the categorical eligibility option that allows states to cut through red tape to help hungry families put food on their tables. Why in the world would the Administration want to do this other than to hurt the poor? This is cruel. Period. More families, more children, more seniors, and more people with disabilities will go hungry. More will worry about their next meal and how to put food on their tables. In addition, this rule will harm local economies—especially in rural areas—where every SNAP dollar puts $1.70 back into the economy to grocery stores, distribution centers, and farmers.”

“Since SNAP began, it has helped millions of Americans stave off hunger. The Trump administration should build on SNAP’s successes instead of working to undercut it. This proposed rule should never be implemented,” Mills concluded.

FPA will join other advocacy organizations to add comments opposing this rule. The 60-day public comment period begins July 24.

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Two Key House Members Targeted by Food Policy Action During Campaign Go Down in Defeat

Two Key House Members Targeted by Food Policy Action During Campaign Go Down in Defeat

By | November 7th, 2018 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action, Press Releases - FPA Education Fund |

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Food Policy Action’s digital campaign targeting a slice of eligible voters with a powerful message about safe, healthy, affordable food and the ways it reaches our plates helped make the difference in two of the mostly closely watched Congressional races in the country.


Food Policy Action’s digital campaign targeting a slice of eligible voters with a powerful message about safe, healthy, affordable food and the ways it r...

Food Policy Action’s digital campaign targeting a slice of eligible voters with a powerful message about safe, healthy, affordable food and the ways it reaches our plates helped make the difference in two of the mostly closely watched Congressional races in the country.

In Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, Congressman Dave Brat (R) has an 8% lifetime score on Food Policy Action’s An Eater’s Guide to Congress Scorecard.  In California’s 25th Congressional District, Congressman Steve Knight (R) has a 32% lifetime score on Food Policy Action’s An Eater’s Guide to Congress Scorecard.

In these districts, Food Policy Action-Education Fund used social media to get out a message about Congressmen Brat’s and Knight’s poor records on how food gets to their families’ plates. FPA focused solely on a select group of low-turnout voters where we could make the most difference and then leveraged messages from FPA’s chef network highlighting their “Recipes for Voting” to these individuals, urging them to get to the polls and vote.

RESULT: Dave Brat was defeated by Abigail Spanberger by less than 1.5%.

RESULT: Steve Knight was defeated by Katie Hill by 2.5%.

Food Policy Action reached out to busy, low-information women voters through paid, targeted advertising on social media. We chose key districts where our message could make a difference and that no other organization’s message could persuade in the same way.

“The bottom line is that in this election, FPA was the right messenger to persuade and motivate these voters on the critical issues before Congress about how and who has access to healthy and affordable food – something many of these folks think about with every single meal,” said Monica Mills, Executive Director. “They needed the information we could provide – and validate – to become informed voters and get to the polls. Our elected leaders in Congress should take positions that bolster a safe, healthy, and accessible food system. And these voters helped deliver that important message by pushing out two of the worst bad actors in Congress on food policy.”

Polling information from Lake Research Partners indicated that messages around “healthy, safe, affordable food for all” can persuade low-propensity voters in suburban areas–especially unmarried, college-educated women, with or without children. These voters expect incumbents to vote for good food policies, and when they find out that their representatives have voted otherwise, they are rightfully angry.

VIDEOS:  Below are links to our “Recipe for Voting” videos taped by leaders within our chef network.

Food Policy Action Education Fund Condemns the Passage of the House Farm Bill

Food Policy Action Education Fund Condemns the Passage of the House Farm Bill

By | June 21st, 2018 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases, Press Releases - FPA Education Fund |

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed its version of the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) by only two votes. “This bill, from its inception through today’s passage, has been a hot mess for everyone except big-ag farm operations,” said Food Policy Action Executive Director Monica Mills. “The bill that passed today cuts SNAP benefits for hungry families and children, the protections that ensure poisons are kept out of the food on our plates, and funding for local and regional farm programs. House members made these cuts to create additional loopholes for wealthy corporate farmers. This is just plain wrong.”


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For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Monica Mills
202-365-6696
monica@foodpolicyaction.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed its version of the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) by only two votes. “This bill, from its inception through today’s passage, has been a hot mess for everyone except big-ag farm operations,” said Food Policy Action Executive Director Monica Mills. “The bill that passed today cuts SNAP benefits for hungry families and children, the protections that ensure poisons are kept out of the food on our plates, and funding for local and regional farm programs. House members made these cuts to create additional loopholes for wealthy corporate farmers. This is just plain wrong.”

Mills added, “We are now saddled with a bill that will take food out of the mouths of hungry children and pour billions of taxpayer dollars into the overflowing bank accounts of big-ag farm operations. This is unconscionable. We look now to the Senate for a common-sense farm bill that balances the needs of all Americans.”

Food Policy Action will include this vote in its seventh annual Food Policy Action Scorecard available in October 2018.

Food Policy Action Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization that is a separate sister organization of Food Policy Action. The mission of FPA-EF is to provide a platform for public education and engagement on the impacts of federal policy on the food system.

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