Virtual Town Hall. Please be sure to join us (and invite your supporters) for a virtual town hall to discuss the latest Farm Bill news and talk about what we need to do to ensure the next Farm Bill protects and strengthens programs like TEFAP and SNAP. Join Feeding America, Representative Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, and other special guests on June 18 at 1:30 ET for an interactive conversation about the importance of a strong Farm Bill. Go to http://www.hungeractioncenter.org/vthregistration.aspx for more information.
Monthly Archives: June 2012
The Farm Bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation that guides and authorizes funding for most federal food and farm policies, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Every five years, Congress votes to reauthorize funding the Farm Bill. Anti-hunger advocates and hunger-relief organizations are closely watching this year’s reauthorization debate, as efforts are underway to either drastically cut some programs and/or completely eliminate them.
The most known programs in this debate are the SNAP and Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) – two programs that affect Americans earning below the poverty line. In FY 2011, 45 million Americans received SNAP and 777 million pounds of food was distributed nationally through TEFAP. In the eight county service area of Second Harvest, 99,473 individuals receive SNAP.
The US Senate is the first house of Congress to debate the legislation, and numerous amendments have been offered to either cut or eliminate SNAP and TEFAP. In fact, the Senate recently defeated one such amendment that would have redistributed SNAP funding into block grants and eliminated TEFAP. The amendment was defeated by a solid bi-partisan vote of 65-33. The US House of Representatives is expected to begin debate on these programs on Monday, June 18, 2012.
Urge your members of Congress to support programs such as SNAP and TEFAP that help many Tennesseeans and Americans who earn below the poverty line.