Chair: Betsy Crites, bcrites@sonic.net 919.381.5969

Policy Priorities of the 

Durham Farm Food Network and

End Hunger Durham

  

Protect SNAP Campaign

“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)

Durham Farm Food Network, advocates for robust funding of SNAP (formally Food Stamps) and opposes attempts to disqualify people in need.

Along with other local food councils across North Carolina, it has sponsored a campaign to protect SNAP (formally food stamps) and other nutrition programs from cuts or major restructuring.

 

Local Food Security Office and Coordinator

There is a need for a unifying plan and strategy that helps the many efforts to improve food security pull in the same direction without duplication. Along with this we need a centralized staffed office to work with the community in implementing the plan.

The Durham Farm Food Network is working with Mayor Steve Schewel, County Commissioner Heidi Carter, and Duke’s World Food Policy Center to address these needs in the context of the wider food system.

 

The Elderly Simplified Application Project (ESAP)

ESAP is a demonstration project that seeks to increase participation among the elderly low-income population by streamlining the application and certification process. The federal government allows for a waiver of some procedures for enrolling and recertifying SNAP participants 60 and older.

End Hunger Durham has teamed up with other organizations to get North Carolina to request this waiver and join 8 other states with a demonstration project.


In May, 2018, EHD and DFFN issued a policy alert regarding the 2018 Farm Bill being voted on in Congress.

Call Your Rep!:  On Tuesday, May 8th, we all need to call our members of Congress and tell them to “Vote NO on H.R. 2, the Farm Bill!”   Please make use of Feeding America’s toll free number: 1-888-398-8702.  You will be connected to your Representative’s office by putting in your zip code.

It is imperative that we let Congress know that we want them to “Vote NO on H.R. 2” because its rigid work rules will reduce or eliminate SNAP for millions. It will deny food to children, veterans, women, and people needing treatment and/or with disabilities.   Please share this number with your networks and ask them to encourage people to call.  The number is live now and people can start calling now but please make sure you call on Tuesday, May 8th!

The bill is still in the House pending a re-vote in June.


In November of 2017, End Hunger Durham issued a policy alert regarding the proposed tax reform, primarily in the Senate.

Tell our N.C. Senators to Vote NO on the Tax Bill

The Senate tax bill overwhelmingly benefits the wealthiest individuals and corporations and will ultimately be paid for by low- and moderate-income households.

The proposed tax reform will lead to a projected $1.5 trillion deficit.

Such a deficit will create the impetus for cuts to entitlement programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, and Medicare.

The bill passed.


In October of 2017, End Hunger Durham issued policy alerts on the proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act which would affect Medicaid.

PLEASE CALL SENATORS RICHARD BURR AND THOM TILLIS TO OPPOSE HEALTHCARE REPEAL

The Senate leadership and Trump Administration are pulling out all the stops now to get at least 50 Republicans to vote for the Graham-Cassidy bill to dramatically cut and later repeal most of the Affordable Care Act.

This will mean the demise of Medicaid.

IT WILL

  • eliminate the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and ACA’s marketplace subsidies in 2020 and replace them with an inadequate block grant.
  • cap and cut federal Medicaid per-beneficiary funding for tens of millions of seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children starting in 2020.
  • remove protections for people with pre-existing conditions
  • deny healthcare coverage to tens of millions of people around the country

 Cuts to NC would come to $8.7 billion over 10 years.

 Call Sen. Richard Burr at (202) 224.3154

Call Sen. Thom Tillis at (202) 224.6342

Call Rep. GK Butterfield at (202) 225-3101 or

(919) 908.0164

Call Rep. David Price at (202) 225-1784

The bill failed.


In 2016, End Hunger Durham opposed 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.


Since Fall 2015, EHD 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.