Tuesday, June 19, 2018

State Leaders Agree: Two-Generation Approach to Fighting Poverty Is Working

Posted by Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, June 18
Programs to provide opportunity for low-income families through a “two-generation” approach that addresses the needs of children and parents together are increasingly gaining traction and being replicated in red and blue states across the country, a new Aspen Institute report outlines. See the full article here: https://spotlightonpoverty.org/spotlight-exclusives/state-leaders-agree-two-generation-approach-fighting-poverty-working/

Friday, June 15, 2018

Decreased Participation in Summer Meals Puts More Low-Income Children at Increased Risk of Food Insecurity

Report Released June 14 by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) Far too many children lose access to nutritious school meals when the school year ends, according to Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report, released yesterday by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). For the press release and links to more information, Summer Food Program Press Release

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

What's Next for the Farm Bill and Protections for Low Income People Through SNAP?

Yesterday, we shared the good news that the U.S. Senate has developed a version of the farm bill that is much more hopeful. The Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled to markup its version of the bill on Wednesday (6/13)and bring the bill to the Senate floor as soon as next week (June 18–22)

Meanwhile, the House is currently expected to hold a re-vote on its harmful version of the farm bill on or just before June 22 (although this vote may be delayed).

Here are talking points: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Talking Points on Senate Farm Bill

After reading and sharing the Center's talking points, here's what to do:
1. Contact your senators directly. In calls, emails, and other direct conversations with your senators and their staff, ask your senators to vote for the Senate farm bill and reject any amendments that would take away food assistance or make other harmful changes to SNAP.
2. Keep up the media drumbeat. Engage the media through op-eds, letters to the editor, reporter and editorial board outreach, and press events to help them see the Senate farm bill as the right approach, in sharp contrast to the House bill that would take away food assistance from 2 million Americans.
3. Ask others to join you! Work with diverse voices in your state to echo our messages and add their perspectives — for example, children’s groups and pediatricians talking about how the Senate farm bill is good for kids; faith leaders talking about how the Senate bill reflects our shared values and morals about feeding the hungry; advocates for seniors and people with disabilities talking about how the bill protects food assistance for people in need.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Food Research & Action Center Applauds Proposed Farm Bill From Senators Roberts and Stabenow

Statement attributed to James D. Weill, President, Food Research & Action Center WASHINGTON, June 8, 2018 — The Food Research & Action Center applauds the Senate Agriculture Committee leadership for their proposed Farm Bill that takes a vastly different approach from the House draft Farm Bill. See full statement here: http://www.frac.org/news/food-research-action-center-applauds-proposed-farm-bill-senators-roberts-stabenow

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

U.S House Likely to Vote Again on Farm Bill June 22. Protect and Strengthen SNAP: Turn Up the Heat During Memorial Day Recess Week

Efforts by anti-hunger advocates and others proved critical to ensuring the House rejected the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) on May 18, but the House likely will schedule a second vote on June 22. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) hopes to mark up the Senate Farm Bill in committee in June. Advocates should weigh in during the recess week (May 26–June 3) to urge Representatives and Senators to make sure the Farm Bill does not take food off the table for those in need or increase hunger. Let Members of Congress know that groups representing children, women, veterans, seniors, civil rights, people with disabilities, educators, faith-based leaders, and others want Congress to protect and strengthen SNAP

Thursday, May 24, 2018

If Congress cuts food stamps, 1.8 million in Pa. won't know where their next meal is coming from

Guest editorial by Teresa Miller, Secretary, PA Department for Human Resources

One in seven Pennsylvanians, including one in five children in the commonwealth, struggles to afford food. See full article here: https://articles.pennlive.com/opinion/2018/05/if_congress_cuts_food_stamps_1.amp?__twitter_impression=true