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 US Department of Agriculture’s National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey (FoodAPS) is the first nationally representative survey of over 4,826 American households. It collected unique and comprehensive data about household food purchases and acquisitions.
- "The Past, Present and Future of SNAP” is a report on the 114th Congress’ hearing on The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- Poverty and hunger is complicated.
- Sonoma county families can’t afford to buy meals.
- Military families continue to be in need of food.
- See what hunger looks like in Martha’s Vinyard.
- See Paul Ryan’s previous plan to boost the low-income out of poverty.
- Food is everywhere, especially in the agricultural capital of the world. Still, there is not enough to eat for people who work that land.
- Senior hunger is real. And, this program is fighting to reduce it.
- Since kids are not receiving breakfast, school cafeterias are switching to alternative ways to get school kids food.
- Pennsylvania looks to move Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program applications onto their SmartPhone App.
- Salud Today’s blog highlights programs reaching out to Latinos in the United States! This particular blog talks about programming that supports Latinos who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- Here is the future Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services’ record on food policy.
- The House Agriculture Committee held the 16th and last of its hearings on the future of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It focused on food access, and you can listen to the recording here. A comprehensive report on the hearings' findings will be released soon. Considering the future administration, it is likely that a proposal to block grant SNAP will re-emerge.
- Maine has an official who supports healthy initiatives for the low-income.
- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps people gain their footing in North Carolina.
- Trump announced prospects for his new Agriculture Advisory Committee. Look who is on it, see what their interests are, and think how they might relate to your food system.
- Both presidential candidates agree (Really!). The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) should remain in the Farm Bill.
- In 2016, we hit the lowest participation rate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program since 2010.
- Both presidential candidates agree (Really!). The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) should remain in the Farm Bill.
- Another month of disaster SNAP benefits are available to those affected by the flood.
- In Texas, there might be less poverty, but the need for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits remains high.
- Could restrictions and exclusions on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) help reduce overweight and obesity?
- The new Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program’s (SNAP) Employment and Training Program aims to help SNAP recipients find and keep good jobs.
- The economy is better but low wages and high unemployment still leaves many kids food insecure.
- Food banks are working to fill doctors’ fresh produce “prescription”.
- One politician declares hunger as his cause and wins a national award for his work.
- Our food safety net supports our nation’s poor.
- Governor Wolf reveals a 4-year plan to help more Pennsylvanians gain steady access to food.
- In Philadelphia, incomes have increased but the poverty level and food insecurity has barely changed.
- With the election nearing, you can visit this Food Research and Action Center factsheet for 10 Facts Every Candidate Should Know About Hunger.
- The Wolf Administration released its food security plan, “Setting the Table: A Blueprint for a Hunger-free PA”. View the news release about it here, along with highlights and full plan here.
- At the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, the Wolf Administration released its food security plan, “Setting the Table: A Blueprint for a Hunger-free PA”. Check this video and highlights of the event here!
- The SNAP Challenge asks people to eat for $4/day for 5 days to bring awareness about Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and struggles of low-income families.
- Learn how to ensure that seniors are included in supplemental food programs.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture data shows that food insecurity is continuing to fall. But, some believe we have a ways to go before we can celebrate.
- Watch this video about the Massachusetts Food Trust’s community garden.
- Michigan reduces its food aid.
- Portland hosts a huge feast to kick off a campaign to end hunger.
- The amount of hungry children reduces to pre-recession levels.
- Welfare reform in 9 charts
- Michigan reduces it's food aid.
- The middle class struggles to get by in New York City.
- The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) is being utilized in Baton Rouge, one of the flood stricken areas.
- The US Department of Agriculture reports fewer hungry children in U.S. this year.
- On July 6, the House Agricultural Committee held a hearing about the impact of fraud and error rates on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You can see who attended, the hearing recording, and more information here.
- The US Department of Agriculture announced pilot campaigns that will test grocery delivery to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants.
- Welfare reform hits Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants in Pennsylvania hard.
- On July 6, 2016 the House Agricultural Committee held a hearing about the impact of fraud and error rates on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). You can see who attended, a hearing recording, and more information here.
- Why should changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) be a major issue on the political agenda?
- In Louisiana, anyone with flood disaster related expenses are encouraged to apply for the disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP).
- Unlike most states, rising numbers of Nebraskans use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- Across the nation, fewer people are using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits.
- In Louisiana, flood victims have not received Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits (D-SNAP) yet.
- Because of an innovative partnership, a mobile market opens to serve the people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in New York.
- The amount of people using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) reduced by over a million. Check the Food Research and Action Center’s state-by-state analysis.
- As flooding continues to terrorize parts of Louisiana, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) supported affected households.
- After 20 years, a ban that stopped drug felons from receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits was lifted in many states.
- People in Missouri suffer with less food assistance available.
- Can online shopping help those on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program?
- Seniors suffer from hunger; that’s why the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits are there for them.
- Massachusetts legislator, McGovern champions the anti-hunger cause and is recognized for it.
- It’s time to track the number of military families who are going hungry!
- Online shopping helps everyone, but it will soon support those on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- Even felons can receive SNAP benefits too, right? Well…
- What’s to know the new research behind food insecurity and hunger across the US? Check out this Food Research and Action Center newsletter.
- This community doubles the amount of money people spend at farmers markets if they use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits
- Even with a full-time job, many college students say it’s hard to pay tuition and for something to eat! That’s where food pantries come in.
- In Texas, people don’t want community gardens or grocery stores, they just ask for an easier way to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- New York State plans to increase funding for “Double Your Food Bucks,” an incentive encouraging people to buy more produce!
- Many childcare workers need food assistance.
- American hunger persists because economic growth has be widely unequal.
- 500,000 people lost their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits because states put a limit on the amount of time people that can stay on SNAP.
- Many people in North Carolina have trouble putting food on the table.
- A unit, that identified those school children and families eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP), was cut. See the implications.
- An incentive program helps people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) stretch their food dollar and purchase more fruits and vegetables.
- More people in Palm Beach County are on SNAP.
- The Food Research and Action Center’s Food Hardship Report, an index of hunger at the national to local level, is out.
- In Pennsylvania, a 3-month time limit on SNAP affects 10,000 Pennsylvanians.
- Federal, state and local officials start the summer meals campaign.
- 1 out of 6 households didn’t have enough food last year.
- A governor threatens to rid of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for 190,000 people in Maine. See why.
- In Wisconsin, there are more Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for seniors.
- Idaho food distribution centers brace for the new way of distributing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance benefits.
- Healthy food rebates and financial incentives on fruits and vegetables for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program population work!
- The House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to evaluate the effectiveness of nutrition education programs on health outcomes within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Discussion revolved around the history and evolution of SNAP-Ed, it’s various program models, how it complements and works with other nutrition education programs, and the efforts currently in place to ensure dollars are effectively spent. Hear the testimony on this webcast.
- In Louisiana, more people turn to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- One study shows that more SNAP benefits would push people to buy healthier.
- An interactive map helps veterans on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) find affordable farmers markets.
- The Interpretive Guide to the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework was just released to help develop meaningful results from nutrition educations.
- Food and nutrition experts testified in support of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Nutrition Education Program (SNAP-Ed). They highlighted successful outcomes and innovative programming. You can watch the testimony here.
In Massachusetts, the majority of people eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are not currently enrolled. If they were, the state could receive an additional $500-$800 million dollars annually from their purchasing of food.
- An algorithm-based smartphone app directs excess food or food that would otherwise be wasted to the hungry.
- Federal Food Assistance, the backpack program, initiatives at farmers markets, and other programs increase the family health and well-being.
- The House Agriculture Committee held another hearing on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) last week, “The Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: The Retailer Perspective”. The webcast can be accessed here.
- The US Department of Agriculture is asking for commentary regarding the proposed rule on what Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) outreach activities that may be conducted with their funds. Here is a link to a document with the rule text and a place where you can submit your comments electronically. Two example comments can be found here: Letter 1 and Letter 2. Comments were due on Friday, May 13, 2016. For feedback or technical assistance, contact Ellen Vollinger.
- Hunger in Pennsylvania is a political issue that needs to be reckoned with. Need proof? See all the important legislation here.
- Summer Electronic Benefits at $30-$60 per month reduce food insecurity.
- The number of households suffering from food insecurity remains high.
- Agriculture and nutrition advocates get ready to stand up for their opinions within the future Farm Bill.
- In Maine, farmer’s markets reap the benefits of shoppers using their EBT cards.
- What is the cumulative impact of food insecurity on children’s wellbeing?
- The House Appropriations Committee released their 2017 The Agriculture Appropriations Bill on April 12. See the highlights and a draft of it.
- More Than 500,000 Americans Lost SNAP in April, if they aren’t actively working.
- Fewer people are receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. And, it’s estimated that 500,000 people will lose them throughout 2016. Some politicians are frustrated at this move.
- Drug felons need federal food assistance too.
- School food pantries play a crucial role in reducing hunger within rural communities.
- “Twelve Facts about Food Insecurity and SNAP” from the Hamilton Project
- These books speak to the stories behind food insecurity, local food systems, gardening, farming, and people living off of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- A certain segment of the population receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits in Washington state will lose their benefits soon. Food pantries and food banks will have to provide.
- In Mississippi, they’re doing fitness to promote learning in schools.
- What is it like being deeply poor and surviving on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits.
- The Food and Nutrition Service published the final rule on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) nutrition education and obesity prevention grant. It outlines how they award the grants, any amendments, and implements the physical activity section of 2014 Farm Bill which allows both exercise and healthy food choices to be promoted.
- The 2017 SNAP-Ed Plan Guidance and templates are available.
- Read one families struggles to stretch Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
- A soup kitchen in Kansas serves restaurant quality meals.
- Food insecurity at the beginning of life is linked to poor mental health. Although we cannot assume that one factor caused the next, this article a very interesting read!
- On March 1, a Congresswoman spoke on hunger and the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Watch her talk on CSPAN’s stream here.
- The House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition met with politicians, witnesses, and others to review incentive programs aimed at increasing low-income families’ purchasing power of fruits and vegetables. Watch the webcast here.
- New legislation was just passed asking food stores who supply SNAP dollars to provide a healthier array of options. Though institutions are required to present healthier offerings, these rules are not supposed to dictate what customers choose to eat.
- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps kids get healthy.
- Making healthy foods more available and less expensive is a priority for residents of Hartford Connecticut.
- People throughout Ohio work together to fight hunger.
- Pennsylvania’s governor proposed a 10.8% increase for anti-hunger programs in his 2016-2017 budget.
- Across Pennsylvania, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) saw more participation over the past 10 years. The data is in.
- Non-profits work to assist Pennsylvanians facing new SNAP restrictions.
- Check this important update regarding Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program eligibility in Pennsylvania.
- Good Food Cheap is a cookbook created for those on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Each recipe was created under the assumption that people receive 4 dollars a day from this program. You can watch this interview of the author. Google staff interviewed her in this 50-minute presentation.
- The "SNAP-Ed Strategies and Intervention Toolkit" has been updated for 2016. This resource displays links to approved, nutrition curriculums, strategies, interventions, and resources for the SNAP-eligible audience.
- The Supplemental Nutrition Asssistance Program did not destroy our economy.
- Georgia will receive 22 million dollars to resolve SNAP issues.
- Congress has completed action on a massive, fiscal year 2016 spending package. Find statutory provisions for agriculture, related programs, and spending charts here.
- Within the spending document mentioned above, you’ll see spending for nutrition programs in FY 2016. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is estimated at $80.8 billion – slightly down from 2015.
- Philadelphia food pantries find it tough to meet their clients' needs.
- Starting this year, certain counties in Pennsylvania will require Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients (who are able-bodied adults without children) to be subject to a 3 month time limit.
- What's on Congress' 2016 food and agriculture to-do list?
- Nationwide, SNAP benefits work at the farmers market.
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) vouchers bring new faces to DC farmers markets.