Advocacy Resources for You
For real and lasting impact, we need your voice to make ending hunger a priority. Our legislative advocacy agenda is guided by objective research, generated both internally and by leading research organizations and universities across the state and country.
We need your help to get beyond the sound bites and stereotypes to show how hunger is affecting real people. Your story has the power to help others know that they’re not alone. Inspire compassion and action by sharing your story with us. Submit your story on our contact form, or request to have our specially-trained story gatherers reach out to you.
We work with experts to analyze the hunger crisis in our community and provide you with easy to use information about Central Texas and each of the 21 counties we serve.
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One Strong, United Voice
We coordinate and collaborate with leading organizations dedicated to improving Americans' health and nutrition:
- Feeding America
- Food and Research Action Center (FRAC)
- Texans Care for Children
- Partnership for a Healthy Texas
- Feeding Texas (formerly the Texas Food Bank Network)
- Texas Hunger Initiative (THI)
- Austin Chamber of Commerce
- City of Austin/Travis County Food Policy Board
- Community Advancement Network
- One Voice Central Texas
Focusing on specific public policy priorities, we inform decision makers at every level of government about hunger in their community and their role in ending hunger.
We work closely with our elected officials at all levels of government to educate them about hunger in Central Texas, and advocate for positive solutions to address it. Check out who’s visited the food bank.
Preserving and protecting federal nutrition programs that nourish hungry Central Texans makes it easier for us to provide quality service to our community. We regularly communicate with elected officials about the impact the Farm Bill, the federal budget, and other federal legislation have on our operations and the families we serve. We will advocate to the 116th Congress to support and adequately fund these programs.
2018 Farm Bill
The Farm Bill is comprehensive legislation considered every five years by Congress that includes programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, or “food stamps”), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).
Thanks to your advocacy, Congress passed the 2018 Farm Bill, H.R. 2, without cuts to these critical nutrition programs. Click here for a summary of the nutrition title of the bill.
Other Significant Federal Policy Issues
- On December 20, 2018, the administration issued a proposed rule that would affect the ability of unemployed and underemployed people to receive SNAP. We will be tracking the progress of this issue.
- The administration has also proposed a “public charge” rule. Read a letter from our President and CEO to U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, on this proposed rule.
Because we’re conveniently located in the state capital, we make it our priority to work closely with the Texas Legislature during the session, providing testimony in hearings, serving as an expert resource, and advocating for policies that help to make our state hunger-free and healthy.
The Texas Legislature meets in odd-numbered years. The next regular legislative session begins on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
Priorities for the 2019 Texas Legislative Session
Central Texas Food Bank works closely with Feeding Texas to support statewide priorities for Texas food banks. These are the priorities the Food Bank will advocate for this session:
- Support Feeding America efforts to strengthen federal nutrition polices and funding, especially those related to federal commodities programs such as TEFAP, CSFP, etc.
- Increase Texas Department of Agriculture state funding for produce acquisition to $20 million and explore separate appropriation, from any funding source, to support last-mile capacity investments provided it does not impact the efforts to increase total produce funding.
- Explore opportunities in the legislative session to elevate the role of food banks in the state’s disaster management plan and leverage new resources to support food banks in responding to disaster.
- Increase access to SNAP benefits for senior citizens.
- Provide SNAP recipients with pathways to economic security.
- Protect and strengthen SNAP accessibility, adequacy and eligibility.
- Follow state partner priority bills and support when appropriate, including policies that increase clients’ wages and workforce participation, liquid assets and long-term health.