Tag Archives: Poverty

Feeding America and the Farm Bill

76% of SNAP recipient households include a child, elderly person, or disabled person.

76 percent 76% of SNAP recipient households include a child, elderly person, or disabled person. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as food stamps, helps over 47 million low-income Americans put food on the table by providing benefits that are timely, targeted, and temporary.
Learn how SNAP works and who qualifies for assistance»

Help Prevent Cuts to Anti-Hunger Programs

November 1, 2013, all SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program,
formerly know as food stamps) recipients will see a reduction in their
benefit levels because of legislation passed by the United States
Congress in 2010.

Cuts that will equal 1.9 billion meals no longer available to the
children, seniors, and disabled that rely on their SNAP benefits to help
put food on the table. That is more than half of what the entire
Feeding America network will distribute in the entire year!

You should also know that Congress is considering adding even larger
cuts to SNAP benefit levels and eligibility. Decisions that impact
Americans struggling with hunger in your community and across the
country are being made right now. Use your voice to help prevent these
cuts by telling your members of Congress to protect anti-hunger

Tell Congress to protect anti-hunger programs

Meet Jim, Real Stories of SNAP

For more than 40 years, Jim worked as a mechanic. When the economy crashed, business stopped. For rural clients like Jim the challenges of lower levels of education and concentration of low-wage industries can be hard to overcome. Jim knew he needed to apply for SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) when after waiting for a customer payment all day – it simply never arrived. Without a cracker in the house he applied for food assistance and is glad he did. He would have had no other way to eat.

The Farm Bill

The Farm Bill, which is reauthorized every five years, is the single largest source of federal funding for federal hunger-relief programs. In addition to setting policy for programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) that put food on the table for Americans struggling with hunger, it covers a range of agriculture-related areas such as commodities, conservation, rural development, livestock, and energy.

In 2012, Congress was unable to pass a Farm Bill.  Help us urge Congress to pass a strong Farm Bill that protects and strengthens programs that help Americans struggling with hunger put food on the table. Take Action Today!

Tax Policy and Deficit Reduction

Feeding America is actively engaged in protecting federal anti-hunger programs as Congress addresses how to reduce the deficit and balance our nation’s budget, as well as advocating for federal tax provisions that protect food and fund donations to the Feeding America food bank network.


Feeding America is engaged in advocating for a strong federal anti-hunger safety net through the Appropriations process and ensuring programs like TEFAP, CSFP, and WIC have adequate funding to meet the need.

Once Appropriations season heats up, we may need your help to ensure these programs are adequately funded, so stay tuned!

Meals for Seniors and Head Start ~~~ End the Sequester

Sarasota - Meals on Wheels
Sarasota – Meals on Wheels (Photo credit: roger4336)

Tonight, chances are a senior in your community will go to bed hungry.

Send a message to Congress   and President Obama to find a way to
end sequestration now!
Head Start Gets Results

Nothing left after the storm … Helene D. Gayle, CARE

CARE -- The Stories of Global Poverty - Crisis in Madagascar -- Donate NowThe people of Madagascar were struggling to recover from Cyclone Giovanna when a second tropical storm,

Irina, took them by surprise last month. With nearly a quarter of the island’s population living in poverty,

these two storms made things worse.

In addition to causing more than 100 deaths, the storms ripped through homes and destroyed the few possessions families owned.
CARE is on the ground today working with our partners to provide emergency relief for 250,000 people

who now lack even the basics: food, clean water and shelter.
Will you make a gift today to help survivors of the storms in Madagascar and people all around the world benefiting from CARE’s lifesaving and life-changing programs?
Among the survivors in Madagascar is Jackie, his wife and 7-year-old daughter.

He told CARE about the night Cyclone Giovanna tore through his district,

“We saw a part of our roof blown away by the storm and our house collapsed after that.”
Nothing near where Jackie lived survived the storm that night

— not homes, stores or crops — but Jackie is thankful he and his family did.

Today, many people in his town are in a dire situation.

People are facing hunger as their food was blown or washed away and they’re living in inadequate,

temporary shelters that do little to protect them from the elements.
Irina’s heavy rains severely damaged roads, making them impassable and

preventing urgent delivery of emergency response services.

Flooding and broken infrastructure also threaten to increase the spread of waterborne diseases like cholera and malaria.
CARE is distributing food and emergency shelter materials as well as repairing roads so that aid reaches those who need it most.

However, much remains to be done before Jackie and his family can resume their normal lives.
Please give now and help CARE bring relief and much-needed hope to poor families and communities around the world.
Your gift to CARE can support disaster survivors like Jackie during their road to recovery,

help us prepare for future emergencies and provide people around the world access to tools,

resources and education they can use to help lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty for good.
Please give as much as you possibly can today.
On behalf of the millions of people CARE serves around the world, thank you for your generosity.
Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH President and CEO, CARE