Updates are related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) & SNAP Education (SNAP-Ed) in the Farm Bill
Before you dive into these updates, understand these terms and background behind them. . .
- Farm Bill Primers -
- "SNAP" - The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has prepared this brief and website.
- "SNAP-Ed" - SNAP-Ed Connection lays out the basics of SNAP-Ed.
- The House adjourned for the year, they agreed upon a short term extension of the Farm Bill. That means, they will have until the end of January to finalize an agreement. Currently, the house proposes a $9 billion reduction over ten years by eliminating the “Heat an Eat” program which automatically qualifies Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program participants for food stamp benefits. The Senate has yet to adjourn and does not agree that an extension is necessary.
- Check out the rates of food insecurity from 2008-2012.
- There is still more room to lift people out of poverty.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Obesity Prevention (SNAP Ed) builds the economy and the health of everyone!
- The House might call a short term extension on the Farm Bill legislation.
- An opinion piece supporting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and all it provides
- Holidays challenge those in need.
- Cuts to SNAP may hurt our economy. Here is why.
- It's a challenge for food banks and food pantries to provide more charity with SNAP cuts.
- SNAP-Ed increases healthy choices for those on food stamps.
- New White House Rural Council Report highlights the economic importance of passing a Food, Farm and Jobs Bill.
- A report finds that SNAP leads to modest changes in dietary choices.
- The Senate wants to reduce the SNAP budget by $4 billion and the House by $40 billion over the next ten years. This blog predicts a compromise of a redution of $10-12 billion will be reached.
- People are calling into Washington D.C. to share their thoughts about SNAP in the Farm Bill. Find out more, here.
- To find Farm Bill articles and resources on Twitter, follow the conversation: #farmbill, #farmbill2013, #myfarmbill, #agchat, #whogoeshungry, #thisisSNAP, #SNAPworks
- A new report shows that spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has reduced. Fewer people participate in the program as the economy gets better. Find more information at the Center of Budget and Policy Priorities' website.
- The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, The Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior and No Kids Hungry created these worthwhile reads:
- The US Department of Agriculture lead a Google + Hangout talking about local food initiatives in our Farm Bill. See all the opportunities. The Philadelphia based store and recipient of the community food project, Common Market, was a speaker. Watch the hangout here, or follow #myFarmBill on Twitter.
- Especially during the holiday season, rural economies fear the cuts to food stamps. Listen to this report for details.
- The Farm Bill debate continues, and the Secretary of Agriculture warns against dramatic cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- "Food Stamps cause obesity." Data proves that this argument does not hold when discussing reforms to the program.
- Are cheap, unhealthy food and less money from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program causing the health crisis in Texas? Maybe.
- Will government come to an agreement about the Farm Bill?
- If you're looking for a great resource discussing how Farm Bill policy affects our food system, click here.
- Dairy prices will not rise even though we are still awaiting the passage of the Farm Bill.
- Why cuts to food stamp?
- An interactive map pictures how Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cuts will affect your state. Here is a more detailed article about the cuts.
- Food Stamp cuts will affect 900,000 veterans. More on the issue, here.
- Here are some great visuals about the economic benefit of Food Stamps.
- How can cuts to Food Stamps impact recipients and their community?
- Pennsylvania is reconsidering asset testing for people who apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) benefits.
- Tomorrow, SNAP benefits may reduce. What's the big deal? Face the issues, here.
- You can follow along this twitter site which follows politicians that are involved with the Farm Bill meeting.
- This Wednesday, October 30th, marks the date where legislative conferees meet to discuss the Farm Bill. Check out the meeting attendees at this site.
- Check out the five flash points for the upcoming Farm Bill negotiations!
- On Nov. 1st, their will be cuts to SNAP benefits. Here is an analysis of how each state will be affected by this move.
- The Farm Bill will be center stage this week amongst lawmakers. This radio interview signal compromise on both sides. Scroll to the bottom to listen the story.
- With proposed SNAP cuts would exceed annual food bank distribution.
- You can share this infographic on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. It shows off how SNAP-Education benefits communities.
- Ramifications of not having a Farm Bill passed extends beyond a reductio in SNAP-benefits. Milk prices will also rise.
- The Hagstorm Report compares the goals and budget of the proposed Senate and House Farm Bill.
- Here is a list of conferees that will reconcile the issues between the House and Senate Farm Bill Proposals.
- Get the update. Learn what's happening in Washington DC in regards to the Farm Bill on this page.
- The Farm Bill should promote a healthy food system. That requires voices from different sectors around the debate table.
- Check out this informative webcast through the Harvard School of Public Health with renound presenters from sectors. They describe how the decisions within the Farm Bill are linked to the obesity epidemic. There are also a listing of awesome resources describing the Farm Bill below the video.
- On November 1st, the National School Lunch Program might not be able to serve hungry children.
- Because of the government shutdown, hungry seniors may go without food.
- The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) continues to remain open through the government shutdown. Here are the details.
- "The People's WIC - Utah" matches WIC participants with people willing to donate them formula until the end of the government shutdown. Learn more!
- How will the government shutdown affect the federal nutrition programs? Click here to find the US Department of Agriculture's contingency plan and a summary.
- As of November 1st, benefits for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are at risk of reduction. You can read this site to learn about the details. Take note! On the right-hand-side, some states provided example flyers, answers to Frequently Asked Questions, videos, and more to help to describe the reductions to recipients.
- The Farm Bill expired yesterday. Technically, it's a 9 month Farm Bill extension. But, for now, that means programs funded by the bill remain overlooked and unfunded.
- An outline of the Farm Bill debate closes with a suggestion of a shift - food assistance will be shifted from government support to the non-profit and private sector.
- Here is a basic outline of the House proposed cuts to the Nutrition Bill.
- Congress has a lot on their plate. That means the passage of a Farm Bill is not their first priority.
- Last week, the House adopted a nutrition bill (H.R. 3102), with a partisan vote of 217-210, which cuts the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $39 billion over ten years. Cuts include, SNAP-Ed FY 2014 funding by $26 million and reduction in food stamp funding. Estimates show if the bill was passed, about 3 million people would lose benefits and another 800,000 would have benefits reduced. A Fact Check was published on the arguments made in favor of the measure.
- Food Banks will not be able to replace lost Supplemental Nutrition Assistance benefits.
- The Farm Bill pays more attention to fresh fruits and vegetable prices.
- You can share a video about what the Farm Bill means to you by following these directions. #myfarmbill
- With the House meeting about the Farm and Nutrition Bills on Thursday, walk through what will be discussed. It is described clearly here.
- It's still unclear whether any movements on the Farm Bill will be completed by September 30th. House Republicans did release plans cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $40 billion over the next ten years. Check out this one page summary and a backgrounder for more information. A House vote on the proposal may occur this month, and the Democratic Senate will reject these cuts. Their proposal onlycut SNAP by $4 billion over ten years.
- The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities has issued a report estimating that the House proposed $40 billion dollar cut that eliminates SNAP assistance to about 4-6 million persons. Read the report. This agenda will be reviewed next month.
- A new review of recent polling results, compiled by Hart Research Associates on behalf of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) shows that many Americans do not believe in cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP and formerly food stamps).
- Even though the House is on Recess, democrats take a stand on the Farm Bill.
- How will the Farm Bill affect Pennsylvania?
- A Montana woman speaks to the strengths of her state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps).
- The current Farm Bill will hit small farmers and the poor the hardest.
- An up-to-date, side-by-side comparison of the House and Senate Farm Bills.
- $11 trillion to be saved if we were to eat more fruits and vegetables. Hopefully, the farm bill will help make produce more affordable.
- The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities posted a video created in 2007 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of legislation that made today’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistnance Program (SNAP). Watch to learn about the history of the program, for interviews with participants and politicians and much more.
It's been slow moving on the Farm Bill.
- Congress goes for a month long recess after last Friday. Before then, it did not pass the Farm Bill and the new Nutrition Bill. See the current timetable of issues here.
- The House's current plan will potentially cut 5 million people from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- This study shares the health implications of cutting money from SNAP.
- The House doubling their cuts to the SNAP program (a $40 million reduction) may hinder the passage of the Farm and Nutrition Bill.
- Check out this recap of the Farm Bill.
- Anti-hunger advocates voice their responses to the current Farm Bill.
- The secretary of agriculture gives quick commentary about the splitting of the Farm Bill.
- A dietitian speaks about the brief history of the Farm Bill.
- A question and answer session with a farm policy specialist.
- In this letter, heads of USDA were called to use their existing authority to institute and evaluate two demonstration programs that would restrict the purchases of unhealthy food and beverages with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
- This infographic will walk you through the history of the Farm Bill. It's an excelent learning tool. Push the arrows below each picture in order to read on.
- The congressional record of Farm Bill events debated in the House on July 19th
- The history of the Farm Bill is breifly outlined here.
- According to this summary; December 31st, 2013 might be the official date for the passage of the Farm Bill.
- Hunger games: The politics of Food Stamps in the Farm Bill
- A dietitians points to our Secretary of Agriculture's call to action and outrage about the Farm Bill as it stands. Read her supplemental links at the bottom of the blog to learn more about the Farm Bill and its importance in the nutrition sector.
- Farm Bill negotiations continue and may warrent a Farm Bill Conference. Here is the reasoning behind holding the meeting.
- The Food Safety Modernization Act may be delayed because of a Farm Bill proposal.
- According to this NY Times article, there is a double standard between cutting food stamp funding and keeping agricultural subsidies.
- The House split the Farm Bill. A separate "food stamp bill" is in order.
- The House passed a paired-down Farm Bill that does not address Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as foods stamps) funding.
- Here is a detailed review of the current Farm Bill.
- The Farm Bill's affect on the hungry.
- Here is the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition's (NSAC's) second post of a three part blog series about the fall of the Farm Bill.
- The House is looking to re-address the Farm Bill throughout July.
- The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is doing a 3-part series this week (6/24/2013) on the House's failure to pass a 2013 Farm Bill. See the first blog and much more.
- Harvest Public Media outlines Farm Bill information through radio podcasts. Look to their list of Farm Bill articles, click on the issue to read or listen.
- NPR lists their articles and Farm Bill updates.
- Here is the picture of how our House representatives voted for the Farm Bill.
- Watch the House debate the Farm Bill live.
- Final passage of the Farm Bill will be delayed until next week.
- Public health dietitian, Marion Nestle, speaks to the intricacies of the Farm Bill.
- As the House debates SNAP cuts today, the White House threatens to veto drastic funding reductions.
- The House could actually pass the Farm Bill this week. Here's more information on this possibility.
- The Farm Bill covers food issues from farm to table. Look to this article for a quick synopsis of of the passage of the bill.
- Watch this, and begin to understand how food stamps interplay in the Farm Bill.
- How do spending cuts within the Senate's Farm Bill affect families on Federal Nutrition Programs?
- How might the inevitable cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program affect kids? Read one more article on the matter.
- The Senate passes their version of the Farm Bill. Now onto the House...
- The Senate poses a version of the Farm Bill that's vastly different than the Houses' proposal.
- There are major differences in the public support of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cuts in the Farm Bill. Some people are for them, others are against.
- A detailed outline of the Senate's Farm Bill
- Listen to this NPR breif about how the Farm Bill will affect subsidized crops and food.
- Will the Farm Bill cause people to go hungry?
- Check out the Food Research and Action Center Farm Bill summary and resources.
- Frequently Asked Questions about the Farm Bill
- Watch an MSNBC interview with Lori Silverbush discussing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cuts in the Farm Bill.
- Addressed within the Farm Bill is the Older American’s Act that provides federal funding for nutrition assistance for the elderly, one program being Meals on Wheels. See a fact sheet about it here and more on the legislation here.
- A little Farm Bill History as we move forward into the future cuts.
- What are the implications of the House proposal? See this report.
- The Farm Bill is at a stand-still on the Senate floor until June 3rd. Here’s the update.
- The Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior signed a letter opposing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cuts.
- Farm Bill Progress, Finally
- The House Farm Bill will cut SNAP by $20 billion over ten years by focusing on SNAP eligibility and limiting LIHEAP heat and eat eligibility. The House will start their mark-up tomorrow. Click here for the summary of their proposals (Nutrition is Title IV in the document).
- Congress Poised to Move on Farm Bill
- Study Shows Strong Nutrition Education Can Lead to Healthier Food Choices by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Recipients.
- NPR: What Separates A Healthy And Unhealthy Diet? Just $1.50 Per Day.
- An RTI research study shows how SNAP-Ed provides participants with healthier lifestyles throughout their lifecycle.