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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
Federal child nutrition programs including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Food Service Program, After-school Snack and Meal Program, and Women Infants and Children's Program are reauthorized by Congress every five years. CAFB works closely with national organizations, including Food and Research Action Center (FRAC) and Feeding America to coordinate and strengthen advocacy efforts at the local level.

Farm Bill
Every five years, Congress reauthorizes federal farm and food policies including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) also known as food stamps, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and other anti-hunger programs. The last Farm Bill was authorized in 2008 and is up for renewal this year. Visit our Farm Bill 2012 page to learn how you can participate in strengthening nutrition programs authorized by this legislation.

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.

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