Second Harvest has officially adopted the following positions on 2018 federal and state public policy issues to further our vision of a hunger-free community.
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Federal Policy Agenda
Protect and Strengthen Federal Nutrition Programs in Budget and Spending Legislation
Federal nutrition programs are currently at risk. This is alarming because these programs provide a critical safety net by helping families and individuals put food on the table during times of need. Investing in hunger prevention and relief is not only humane, it is fiscally sound. Hunger increases health care costs, lowers worker productivity, harms children’s development, and hampers students’ ability to perform at school.
2018 Farm Bill
The 2014 Farm Bill is set to expire on September 30, 2018. The upcoming reauthorization process provides an opportunity to make improvements and new investments in food and nutrition programs covered under the bill.
Protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, CalFresh in CA)
Protect other food and nutrition programs including The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and Meals on Wheels
Increase TEFAP funding for food purchases, storage and distribution
Oppose any proposals for cuts, block grants or structural changes to programs that would increase hunger and cause economic hardship
Provide support for growers and producers to connect excess food to communities in need
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