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Call Our Senators NOW! Urge the Passage of Families First Coronavirus Response Act
|The House passed H.R. 6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act and it is now before the Senate. This is a very positive step in responding to the needs of households, especially low-income and vulnerable individuals and families. The Senate must pass this bill immediately. This is a public health and economic crisis that requires swift action.
ACTION NEEDED: We are asking you to call Senator Rand Paul and Senator Mitch McConnell, urging them to support the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Tell them about the importance of passing this bill to ensure that schools and community organizations can meet the nutritional needs of low-income kids and families during this public health event.
Protect Farms to Food Banks!
2020 State Legislative Priorities
- Funding for Farms to Food Banks.
- Allowing schools to consider up to 15 minutes as instructional time when students consume breakfast in the classroom.
- Protecting access to SNAP benefits by opposing proposals to alter core components of the program, such as drug testing and even stricter work requirements. In fact, we propose lifting the lifetime ban on SNAP food assistance for people convicted of drug felonies.
- Allowing cities, urban-county governments and consolidated local governments to accept food donations to nonprofits in lieu of parking fines.
2020 Federal Legislative Priorities
- Oppose structural changes to SNAP. Proposals to block grant or make structural changes to the program would prevent it from responding effectively to fluctuations in need, and efforts to limit broad-based categorical eligibility would increase administrative costs and access barriers.
- Reduce hunger through federal spending legislation.
- Appropriations legislation should support strong funding for TEFAP, including providing full funding for TEFAP food purchases at $350 million a year and $100 million for TEFAP storage and distribution funds to support the infrastructure and distribution capacity necessary to meet need.
- Appropriations legislation should support strong funding for CSFP by fully funding the current caseload at $245 million a year to provide monthly nutritious food packages to low-income seniors. Congress should also provide additional funds to serve any new states with USDA-approved plans.
- Appropriations legislation should provide sufficient funding for the Older Americans Act’s home-delivered and congregate meals programs.
- Strengthen summer feeding sites by
- Streamlining regulations for community-based providers so that they can feed children year-round.
- Allowing kids to consume meals off-site when accessing congregate sites is a barrier.
- Allowing alternative strategies to reach unserved children.