ADVOCACY

Mountaineer Food Bank advocates for policies that protect individuals and families from hunger. Raise your voice and let your elected officials know that you support hunger relief programs

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AFFECTING HUNGER RELIEF

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as "food stamps" provides monthly benefits to qualified, low income consumers to purchase food. To qualify, a household must meet federal poverty guidelines. Families receive benefits monthly, which can be spent at authorized food retailers such as grocery stores, convenience stores, and farmers market. SNAP benefits may only be spent on food. 

SNAP benefits and eligibility must be protected. Without a strong SNAP, the charitable response to hunger will not be able to meet the need. Negative changes to its funding or structure could result in millions of meals lost over the next decade. The program is effective, provides a path out of poverty and hunger, and leads to improved educational outcomes, productivity, and health.

SNAP

The Farm Bill is legislation authorized every five years by Congress that shapes agricultural and food policy. Within in the Farm Bill are programs critical to agricultural interests, such as crop insurance, commodities, conservation, and farm subsidies. There are also programs important to the hunger community, such as the programs listed below. The nutrition programs authorized by the Farm Bill are critical to Food Bank clients and Food operations. April 2018 The House Agriculture Committee passed H.R.2, Agriculture and Nutrition Act out of committee. The bill includes several harmful cuts to federal nutrition programs that would have significant negative impact on the people we serve. 

THE FARM BILL

TEFAP

The Emergency Food Assistance Program helps supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food assistance at no  cost. Through TEFAP, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchases a variety of nutritious, high quality USDA Foods, and makes those foods available to states, who then make it available to food banks. Food Banks then distribute the food to local organizations, such as meals sites and food pantries that directly serve the public. TEFAP is the final safety net to protect against food insecurity.

TEFAP food is an important part of how Mountaineer Food Bank provides nutritious food to those in need. Funding levels for TEFAP foods are set by the Farm Bill, and the funds are included in yearly appropriations legislation's.

CSFP

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program is the federally funded program that works to supplement the diets and improve the health of seniors 60 years of age or older with USDA foods. The program typically provides nutritious, shelf-stable foods to participating seniors each month.  

CSFP improves the health of low-income senior citizens by providing montly nutritious food packages. Senior hunger is a serious issue, this and all senior feeding programs must be protected.

TAKE ACTION TODAY!

All you have to do is pick up the phone, dial Feeding America's toll-free number, enter your zip code, and you'll be connected to your Member of Congress's office

  • SNAP is the single largest program aimed at curbing hunger and helps put food into the hands of some 42 million Americans. Nearly HALF of SNAP recipients are children under the age of 18.

  • The bill takes food away from people when they need it most, and will make it harder for vulnerable people to find a job

  • Private organizations won't be able to meet the higher need for food that SNAP cuts will create, increasing hunger in the community.

  • Food assistance programs like SNAP let all people participate in their local economies and makes our communities stronger

  • Turning our backs on children, seniors, and veterans in the community without enough to eat by cutting funding for SNAP is simply wrong.

  • SNAP must be protected and strengthened

What Do I Say?

Let them know your top priorities for the Farm Bill include:

  1. Dial the toll free number, 888-398-8702 and listen to the pre-recorded message.

  2. Enter your zip code and automatically get connected to your Rep. Once connected, state that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from.

  3. Let the office know you are calling about Farm Bill.

Tell your Representatives to vote NO on this dangerous bill, and that you expect them to vote against any bill that slashes food assistance for children and members of our community

For further information or questions contact Mountaineer Food Bank @

(304) 364-5518

info@mountaineerfoodbank.org   |  484 Enterprise Drive, Gassaway, WV 26624

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