Chair: Betsy Crites, bcrites@sonic.net 919.381.5969

“By providing monthly benefits to eligible low-income people to purchase food, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) plays a critical role in reducing hunger, malnutrition, and poverty, and improving family security, child and adult health, employment, and other outcomes.” Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

 

End Hunger Durham advocates for robust funding on SNAP (Food Stamps) and opposes attempts to disqualify people.

 

We recommend the Food and Research Action Center, Bread for the World, and Feeding America as reliable sources of information about legislation and funding to prevent hunger.

 

Our priority policy issue for the Fall of 2017-2018 is Senior hunger.  We are working to connect more seniors to SNAP through our Information Station in partnership with More in my Basket of the Cooperative Extension Service and the Northern Piedmont Benefits Enrollment Center of Duke.  We will also be meeting with other food providers to seniors to find where there are gaps that might be filled locally.

 

In 2016, End Hunger Durham worked on the following issues:

Oppose the Improving Child Nutrition Assistance bill (HR 5003).

The Food and Action Resource Center explains the problems:

The U.S. House Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill, H.R. 5003, includes a dangerous three-state block grant proposal for the school meal programs. This block grant would end the federal government’s ability to increase funding in areas of need, enforce child nutrition standards in school meals, and ensure students in need receive enough nutritious food year-round. Many other provisions of H.R. 5003 are also of serious concern, including a more difficult application process, harmful changes in community eligibility, and weakened school nutrition standards.

ACTION STEPS

Commit your organization to oppose H.R. 5003, especially the block grant provision.

  • Sign the statement opposing the school meals block grant provision in the House CNR bill here.

stoptheblock

  • After signing – share the link with your partner organizations. For the most recent list of organizational signers, click here.

 

Since Fall 2015 the policy group has also worked on the following issues;

Support for full funding of the Child Nutrition bill pending in Congress

            Request: fully fund without taking money from other nutrition programs

            Outcome: still in process.


Support for the corner store funding at the NC Legislature.

            Request: fund small retail stores to stock fresh food, $1 million

            Outcome: $250,000 was included in the 2016 budget.


Request to Gov. McCrory to veto HB 318 passed by the Legislature

            Request: Veto because of provision to cut SNAP benefits to adults age 18-55, not disabled and without children

            Outcome: Gov. signed the bill. Extension of SNAP benefits to this group was permanently limited to 3 months and the option of extensions during an economic downturn was permanently prohibited.


Support for the America Gives More Act

            Request: The bill (HR644) extends three charitable giving incentives, including the food donation tax deduction.  Most importantly, it expands the food donation tax deduction to small businesses, ranchers, and farmers and makes the deduction permanent.  

            Outcome: Passed by the U.S. Congress as part of the budget bill of December 2015.