Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Safeguarding Our Nutrition Safety Net

Statement by National Anti- Hunger Organizations 

Sustainable Development Goal #2
December 14, 2016 ─ Our organizations, which make up the National Anti-Hunger Organizations, are committed to ensuring a strong and effective national nutrition safety net for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families. With a united voice, we reflect on the hunger problem in America and its solutions as we transition to a new president and a new Congress.

There are 42 million people in this country--13 million of them children and over 5 million of them seniors--living in households struggling with hunger. This problem would be far, far worse if not for the nation’s very effective anti-hunger programs:
  • the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ( SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) ;
  • the National School Breakfast and School Lunch programs;
  • the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that provides nutritious meals for children in child care, Head Start, and afterschool programs and shelters;
  • the Summer Meals programs; 
  • the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC);
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) , which provides commodities to food banks;
  • the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations; and
  • nutrition programs for the elderly (e.g., the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and congregate and home-delivered meals).
Sustainable Development Goal #1
Together, these federal nutrition programs reduce hunger and poverty, improve health and learning, increas e productivity, create jobs, and strengthen our communities. They help the many people in our country—of all ages, races, ethnicities , and life circumstances—who are struggling. This includes seniors, children, people with disabilities, military and veterans’ families, low-wage workers, unemployed and underemployed adults, and others.

In particular, SNAP, as our nation’s first line of defense against hunger, has the broadest reach. It is structured to respond effectively to need as a result of economic downturns, natural disasters, and other causes.

Get Involved
We now are expanding the reach of this common message to include national, state and local organizations demonstrating the diverse groundswell of support for the federal nutrition programs. Follow this link to view and sign your organization (organizations only, please) onto this statement.

We aim to get thousands of organizational signatures. To achieve this level of support it is imperative that we all reach out to our networks in every state and Congressional District.  We urge you to disseminate this advocacy ask as widely as possible.

This sign-on letter will be shared with all Members of Congress and the new Administration.

Deadline: This letter will be a key advocacy resource for the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, March 5th-7th in Washington, DC.  Follow this link for more on the conference. Please sign your organization onto this letter by Wednesday, March 1 to ensure your organization is listed in the FRAC Lobby Day (March 7) materials.
Soon, the new Congress and President-elect Trump will be sworn in and will begin making key decisions. We call on them to recommit America to one of its most important and widely agreed-upon beliefs , one that has deep and long-standing bipartisan support: nobody in this country should go hungry. We call on them to safeguard the federal nutrition programs, including protecting the programs against block grants or other structural changes that would undermine the ir effectivenes ; fully fund ing these programs and defend ing them against bud get cuts; and taking steps to assure all hungry people in our country receive the help they need. We look forward to working with the new Congress and President-elect Trump toward the goal of ending hunger in the United States.

The Alliance to End Hunger

Bread for the World
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Congressional Hunger Center
Feeding America
Food Research and Action Center
Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger
Meals on Wheels America

No Kid Hungry
Society of St. Andrew

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