Attributed to Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, Chief Executive Officer
“Yesterday, negotiators released the Farm Bill Conference Report. Feeding America commends the conference committee for writing a bipartisan bill that protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and invests in the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP.) These programs are critical resources for Americans facing hunger and provide certainty that they can rely on federal nutrition programs to put food on the table.
“This legislation is a win for the 46 million people across the United States served by the Feeding America network, as well as our nation’s growers and producers. Most critically to Feeding America, the bill protects and preserves SNAP. For the millions of children, seniors, veterans and families who rely on the program for crucial nutrition assistance, this delivers welcome peace of mind.
“In addition, the conference report invests in TEFAP, which helps food banks across the country provide healthy food that supports people facing hunger in their community. This funding increase will help the Feeding America network provide even more meals to the people our network serves.
“The final Farm Bill supports programs key to ending hunger in the United States, and we urge Congress to pass it without delay.”
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Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.