Support a strong Farm Bill
The Farm Bill is a large federal package that gets passed every five years and is set to expire in 2023. Part of the Farm Bill is the Nutrition Title, which includes vital programs to fight hunger like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Each of these programs are fundamental to providing food access to hungry Kentuckians.
SNAP is the largest feeding program in the country. For every 1 meal provided by a food bank, SNAP provides 9. SNAP gives its recipients the agency to choose food that best suits their individual needs while supporting the local economy. SNAP protects our most vulnerable neighbors: in Kentucky, 73% of SNAP households have children and 36% have at least one elderly or disabled recipient.
TEFAP and CSFP are critical to Kentucky food banks. Over 20% of the food distributed by food banks is provided by TEFAP. Last year, TEFAP provided 1 billion meals nationally and 15.8 million meals in Kentucky alone. Kentucky has one of the highest rates of older adult and senior food insecurity, and CSFP provides nutritious food to adults over 60.