Every five years Congress gets the opportunity to strengthen our nation's commitment to fighting hunger via the Farm Bill.
The Farm Bill's Impact is Bigger in Texas
The federal nutrition programs governed by the Farm Bill are the backbone of hunger relief in our nation and across the state of Texas. Texans represent a major segment of the national population benefiting from these investments - 1 in every 12 SNAP recipients, and 1 in every 9 food insecure families reside in Texas.
SNAP and TEFAP are proven investments in Texas families and demonstrate Congress' commitment to end hunger in our prosperous nation.
Feeding Texas recently led Farm Bill visioning sessions with their network of 21 food banks and the Texas Food Policy Roundtable (TFPR), a coalition of more than 60 organizations dedicated to fighting hunger. During these sessions, TFPR and the Feeding Texas network identified shared priorities for this year’s Farm Bill and created a joint vision statement highlighting ways Congress can fight hunger and strengthen the Farm Bill.
1. Improve the adequacy and use of SNAP benefits by basing the standard SNAP benefit on USDA’s Low-Cost Food Plan and/or improving expense deductions. SNAP should also be as convenient to use as cash. Congress should allow SNAP to be used for online or mobile purchase, for hot meals and prepared foods, and at farmers markets.
2. Remove barriers to financial security among SNAP participants by eliminating the state option to consider assets like vehicles when determining SNAP eligibility, and improving access to SNAP for college students seeking to enhance their job prospects and earnings potential.
3. Bolster the charitable food response by doubling the current authorization for both TEFAP and TEFAP Storage & Distribution grants, and increasing investment in the Farm to Food Bank program.
Brazos Valley Food Bank joins Feeding Texas in asking Congress to strengthen investments in core hunger relief strategies in this year’s Farm Bill. These programs, like SNAP and TEFAP, are the backbone of hunger relief across our nation and across Texas.
Our Congress members should pass a Farm Bill that protects and strengthens these nutrition programs, which are proven investments in Texas families.