Social Safety Net
Poverty is a problem for not only those who must live on limited income, it is a problem for the country. In tough economic times, social safety net programs such as unemployment benefits, food stamps, tax credits for low-income families and Medicare ensure Americans receive access to basic human needs services until they get back on their feet. CAFB's vision for a hunger-free community includes preserving, protecting and appropriately funding programs that promote upward mobility and sustainable financial independence.
Federal Social Safety Net: Anti-Hunger Programs
CAFB's Role in Preserving and Protecting the Hunger Safety Net
The Capital Area Food Bank takes an active role in ensuring federal nutrition programs are strong and sufficiently funded to improve nutritional status and enhance food security for children and families. From directly lobbying legislative representatives to sending out action alerts, the Food Bank provides many ways for the community to get involved.
The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act
Spotlight on SNAP (Food Stamps)
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly Food Stamps, has been long hailed as a model of efficiency, lifting Americans out of poverty and providing essential nutrition needed for a healthy productive life. The program also provides a boost to local economies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that $1 of SNAP benefits creates $1.79 in local economic activity.
This Hunger Is UNacceptable infographic provides SNAP enrollment data at the county level and the loss to local economies when benefits are unused.