Policy Responses to Hunger from Washington D.C.
From food stamps to school meals, from senior nutrition to support for pregnant mothers and small children – the major food assistance programs get their start in Washington, D.C. Federal laws and regulations establish eligibility, benefit levels, and program accountability requirements. The federal budget pays for the benefits as well as most of the cost of running these key programs, while the states administer and manage the programs.
This system ensures that during difficult economic times, more people can receive benefits and not fall into poverty.
Download our 2019-2020 Legislative Agenda PDF.
Federal Legislative & Budget Priorities 2019-2020
Protect and Strengthen Federal Nutrition Programs
Congress and the Administration must protect SNAP (CalFresh) and other vital food programs from harmful cuts in the federal budget to ensure that they remain in place as a key component of our social safety net. They must also continue to protect these programs from attacks on structure, eligibility, and benefit levels.
We urge Congress to stand up against regulatory changes that would restrict access to the program by limiting state flexibility on waivers from harsh time-limits to benefits; making harmful changes to eligibility rules; or using food assistance as a criterion to deport immigrants.
We are also tracking a few bills that will directly impact Americans struggling to make ends meet.
Closing the Meal Gap Act- H.R.1368 (Adams; NC)
Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR)
Congress has an important opportunity in 2020 to improve the health of millions of our nation’s children by passing a strong reauthorization that protects and strengthens child nutrition programs.
Working Families Tax Relief Act
Would substantially expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), bolstering the economic security of 46 million households. We know that people are hungry because they cannot afford to buy enough food. This would bring critically needed tax credits to working households.
Older Americans Act
The last Older Americans Act passed into law in 2016, and is up for reauthorization in 2019. The Older Americans Act supports a range of home- and community-based programs, including congregate meals and home-delivered meals, which improve the health and well-being of participants and help older adults live independently in their communities.
Learn more about Federal Policies Impacting Hunger:
- California Association of Food Banks – for the latest updates and news from a California perspective.
- Food Research and Action Center – for resources on federal legislation from our national partner
- Feeding America – actions you can take to impact federal hunger policies