Federal budget allocations make a difference for families facing hunger

During the budget and appropriations process, the federal government sets spending for federal programs. Feeding America works to ensure that federal spending and the tax code provide the Feeding America network of food banks the resources they need to help families struggling with hunger.

Throughout the budget process, Feeding America advocates with the Administration as well as Congress for strong support for federal nutrition programs, and we oppose efforts to cut resources to these vitally needed programs.

In order to help feed millions of Americans who might otherwise go hungry, we work to ensure that yearly appropriations legislation provides adequate funding for programs that help feed people in need. These programs include The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which provides approximately 17-20% of the food distributed by the Feeding America network each year; the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which provides food to low-income seniors; WIC, which provides food to women, infants and children; summer feeding demonstration projects, which support alternate delivery models to connect children with meals during the summer when school meals are not available; and programs that provide additional food relief in response to natural disasters.

We also advocate for tax policies that strengthen charitable giving incentives, policies to encourage the donation of surplus wholesome food and tax incentives like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) that help lift working families out of poverty. Through charitable giving incentives, the federal government encourages support for communities through the donation of food and funds to food banks and other charities. Feeding America engages in these conversations in order to help secure support through the tax code to help feed families facing hunger.


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Families facing hunger are relying on the strongest federal programs possible so they can feed their families and get back on their feet. The best way to help legislators understand the need is to invite them to see it for themselves.

Tell your members of Congress to visit a food bank in your community and see the impact of these critical programs ›


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