San Francisco Chronicle: Bay Area Food Banks say 2018 Farm Bill Will Increase Ranks of the Hungry

April 18, 2018

As the House Agriculture Committee debated the 2018 Farm Bill in Washington in mid-April, the most controversial component of the bill had nothing to do with agriculture, but rather, hunger.

Bay Area food banks and House Democrats said that the country’s most vulnerable populations would be severely hurt by Republicans’ proposed changes to food stamps, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program portion of the bill. House Republicans have proposed more stringent food stamp eligibility and work requirements, which anti-hunger groups say will lead to millions losing an essential but modest safety net that provides an average of $1.40 per person per meal.

Read more about how the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank is reacting to the Farm Bill, in this story by San Francisco Chronicle Reporter Tara Duggan, published on April 18, 2018.