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
- From hypoglycemia to fluctuating test scores – here is what happens to kids when their family runs out of food stamps?
- Do we need more money to run the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program?
- The White House Council of Economic Advisers released a new report on the Supplmental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (pdf) that highlights the short- and long-term benefits of the program, including improved food security and better health, academic and economic success. Nevertheless, the report finds that current SNAP benefits are too low. Read the Food Research and Action Center’s statement supporting the new evidence featured in the report.
- The House Agriculture Committee held their tenth hearing on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and related programs. The latest hearing reviewed the progress of effectively addressing domestic hunger through policies created by the National Commission on Hunger. Watch the hearing and read the testimony here.
- On October 27, the House Agriculture Committee held another hearing as part of a series on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The focus was on breaking the cycle of poverty among young adults. People from the Senate made statements about the negotiations on a child nutrition reauthorization bill are progressing.
- According to this data, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program might benefit the community more than expected.
- A basketball player shares her story and defends the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) too.
- On the national level, a budget deal was struck. It will affect Commodity Supplemental Food Program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Prograxm for Woman Infants and Children (WIC), and other programs in 2016-2017.
- No one claimed it was easy to get Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Benefits!
- California looks to encourage Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients to shop the farmers market.
- The Governor of Pennsylvania announces his renewed committment to hunger. At the Hunger Summit, he anounced the reinstatment the Inter Agency Council on Food and Nutrition, requested an update of the"Blue-Print for a Hunger Free Pennsylvania" document, and much more. Read about all details here and here.
- What does a potential government shutdown mean for agriculture and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program?
- See what Farm to School grant award winners are doing! Find data, grantee activities, and much more in the US Department of Agriculture's Grant Award Summary.
- Both chambers will return from recess September 8. All twelve FY 2016 spending bills remain undone, with little likelihood that Congress will complete any of them before the October 1 new federal fiscal year. A short term extension of all federal funding is expected.
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- Food and Programs Reporting System - August 26
- Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) - August 26
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Implementation of the Agricultural Act of 2014 Purchasing and Delivery Services for the Elderly and Disabled - September 1
- Annual information collection on supplemental food security questions in the Current Population Survey (CPS) - September 1
- Earlier this month, the Senate adopted by voice vote a reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) (S. 192). With this bill comes funding for senior programs and protection losing it. It strives to get locally grown foods various senior programs. A new addition includes the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance to home deliver meals for seniors. It’s available here.
- A proposal was introduced so that low-income, disabled seniors could receive grocery deliveries with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Find more information on the proposed rule here and here. Also, find the actual proposed rule, here.
- Enrollment in the SNAP is the lowest since July 2011. This information comes from the US Department of Agriculture website.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participation skyrocketed in 2008-09 at the recession's peak. The cost of the program nearly doubled, reaching $80 billion in 2013. Recent reductions in enrollment - costs too - is because of the improving economy, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. It's estimated that numbers will continue to fall, with up to 1 million people losing SNAP eligibility in 2016. This is because of a three-month limit for unemployed adults who are not disabled or raising children, except in areas with sustained high jobless rates.
- "Public Hearing: Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: Developing and Using Evidence-Based Solutions" was a hearing held by the House Agriculture Sub-Committee about developing and using evidence-based practices in SNAP.
- Members of the House Hunger Caucus released a "Guide to Domestic Hunger and Federal Nutrition Programs".
- The House and Senate 2016 budget resolution is released without cuts to mandatory Farm Bill spending.
- This senator is fighting knows the ins and outs of the Farm Bill, along the food and families it supports.
- On May 20, the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Nutrition held a hearing entitled "Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: The World of Nutrition, Government Duplication and Unmet Needs" to hear testimony from researchers and providers on how federal nutrition programs serve families needing assistance.
- Food Stamp limitations tighten.
- Sadly, more Americans don’t know where next meal is coming from.
- In March, the Food Research and Action Center advocated for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Here are some talking points that they used to convince congress to strengthen strengthen SNAP.
- See a string of articles regarding the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Nutrition.
- A policymaker believes that there is duplication and unmet needs in programs associated with government food assistance.
- Highlighting a food and agriculture politician and his role in developing Pennsylvania
- Michigan’s doubles the money Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants spend at farmers markets.
- You can review this supporting argument for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- Asset testing will not be necessary for those who want to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Pennsylvania.
- The Pittsburgh Community Food Bank joins the troops to advocate for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) supporting the hungry.
- This map documents state-by-state Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program reliance from 2000 until now.
- US Department of Agriculture’s Secretary Vilsack testified before the House Agriculture Committee on the progress of implementing the 2014 Farm Bill. Check the webcast of the hearing, and read his testimony here.
- A new Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) report hit the press with total participation numbers. Here is another budget report on lowering SNAP costs.
- To get the full account of all information and updates regarding the 2014 Farm Bill, go to this US Department of Agriculture website.
- Review a summary of the "Dynamics and Determinants of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation from 2008-2012".
- The House Agriculture Committee held its organizational meeting to plan for the session. The plan includes continued close oversight of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Anything related to nutrition within this committee can be found on page 7.
- Potential changes Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): The house majority could use the budget process to try to cut SNAP by increasing the minimum heating assistance payment that states are required to make or by tightening eligibility provisions.
- A report about the potential Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program cuts that might be happening in 2016
- Hunger Free Pennsylvania keeps a News reel to keep you update about news, activities and events working to fight hunger in our state.
- The US Department of Agriculture selected certain states to participate in an unprocessed fruit and vegetable pilot project. See who’s participating and other details here.