March 03, 2014
by ntfbadmin

Breaking Down The Farm Bill and SNAP

March 03, 2014
by ntfbadmin

In one of our most recent posts, we discussed the reality of child hunger in North Texas and across the U.S. It’s a common misconception that hunger only exists in far away third-world countries. However, hunger is a harsh reality that affects far too many families across the United States and in our own DFW community.

Most recently, changes to the Farm Bill will cut an additional $8.55 billion from SNAP benefits over the next ten years across 15 states. As an overview, the Farm Bill is a piece of legislation that governs America’s nutrition and agriculture policy including hunger-relief programs. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is funded by the Farm Bill. Dramatic cuts to SNAP ($8.55 billion) are being considered by Congress right now on top of cuts that already went into effect on November 1. 

Although the cuts do not affect Texas SNAP recipients directly, some 463,000 North Texas families who do receive SNAP benefits have absorbed $16 million in monthly cuts since this past November 1st.  These cuts increased the demand for food from NTFB’s 262 Partner Agencies. Further, NTFB is 1.4M pounds of food behind our projection for Year 3 of our Strategic Plan, ReThink Hunger.

The Farm Bill includes an additional $205 million investment in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which provides nutritious food to food banks and other emergency food providers, and a new dairy donation program that will benefit low-income families.  The additional TEFAP funds will not replace the meals lost from the SNAP cuts, but they are critical to meeting the needs in our communities.  The bill also further strengthens SNAP program integrity, protects SNAP nutrition education and improves access to healthy food options.

Ending hunger in America requires a partnership between business, charity and government.  A strong Farm Bill will put us closer to our vision of a hunger-free America. To make a difference for your community, Contact your Member of Congress and tell them to visit their local food bank to learn about hunger during recess.

As the North Texas Food Bank moves forward, our mission is clear:  Hunger is unacceptable and working with our donors and supporters, we continue to fight hunger in our North Texas communities.

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In one of our most recent posts, we discussed the reality of child hunger in North Texas and across the U.S. It’s a common misconception that hunger only exists in far away third-world countries. However, hunger is a harsh reality that affects far too many families across the United States and in our own DFW community.

Most recently, changes to the Farm Bill will cut an additional $8.55 billion from SNAP benefits over the next ten years across 15 states. As an overview, the Farm Bill is a piece of legislation that governs America’s nutrition and agriculture policy including hunger-relief programs. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is funded by the Farm Bill. Dramatic cuts to SNAP ($8.55 billion) are being considered by Congress right now on top of cuts that already went into effect on November 1. 

Although the cuts do not affect Texas SNAP recipients directly, some 463,000 North Texas families who do receive SNAP benefits have absorbed $16 million in monthly cuts since this past November 1st.  These cuts increased the demand for food from NTFB’s 262 Partner Agencies. Further, NTFB is 1.4M pounds of food behind our projection for Year 3 of our Strategic Plan, ReThink Hunger.

The Farm Bill includes an additional $205 million investment in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which provides nutritious food to food banks and other emergency food providers, and a new dairy donation program that will benefit low-income families.  The additional TEFAP funds will not replace the meals lost from the SNAP cuts, but they are critical to meeting the needs in our communities.  The bill also further strengthens SNAP program integrity, protects SNAP nutrition education and improves access to healthy food options.

Ending hunger in America requires a partnership between business, charity and government.  A strong Farm Bill will put us closer to our vision of a hunger-free America. To make a difference for your community, Contact your Member of Congress and tell them to visit their local food bank to learn about hunger during recess.

As the North Texas Food Bank moves forward, our mission is clear:  Hunger is unacceptable and working with our donors and supporters, we continue to fight hunger in our North Texas communities.

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