The Federal Budget and the Farm Bill: What you Need to Know
Feb 23, 2018
The Federal Budget
The President recently released his budget proposal for federal fiscal year 2019, indicating his administration’s funding priorities. While this is just a first step in the budgeting process, the proposed budget would be extremely harmful to federal anti-hunger and anti-poverty programs. Here are a few highlights:
- The budget cuts $213 billion to SNAP over 10 years, cutting or reducing meals for millions of low-income Americans.
- The budget eliminates the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), a loss of more than 145 million meals for seniors.
- The budget eliminates the Corporation for National & Community Service, which oversees the AmeriCorps program. Last year, more than 8,500 individuals served at non-profits in Ohio working on programs to alleviate poverty.
The Farm Bill
Every five years, Congress reauthorizes the Farm Bill. This important legislation sets funding and regulations for many programs, including federal nutrition programs. Food banks advocate for resources to help low-income Americans access enough food to meet their needs through programs such as SNAP, TEFAP, and CSFP.
Take Action Today!
INDIVIDUALS: Contact your elected officials to express support for federal nutrition programs. Use this form to encourage your representatives to visit a local food bank and learn more about the issue of hunger.
ORGANIZATIONS: If you represent an organization, such as a network partner of the Foodbank, join us and add your name to Feeding America’s sign-on letter. Read the letter and sign-on.
Thank you for your advocacy efforts!