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United for Impact
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC is a proud member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks. Together, we connect community voices, issues and stories to elected officials and public policy-makers that can advance policy solutions that will support increased access to healthy food and promote economic security and opportunity for all citizens.
2017 Federal Legislative Priorities
- Ensure The Federal Budget Protects Critical Nutrition Programs
- Ensure The Next Farm Bill Reduces Hunger In America
- Reduce Hunger Through Federal Spending Legislation
- Strengthen The Nonprofit Community In Tax Reform
- Protect and Strengthen Child Nutrition Programs
Check out this 2-Pager for details.
We Cannot Stand Idly By
During this Congressional session, we expect certain policymakers to want to debate the “proper” role of the federal government in preventing hunger across the nation. More specifically, we anticipate proposals that will slash funding for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps and known in our state as Food and Nutrition Services), change how the program is structured, or both. We want you to be able to judge their proposals for yourselves, so here are some basic facts.
The Farm Bill
The farm bill
is the major food and farm legislation that gets revisited or reauthorized
The next farm bill is
scheduled to be reauthorized by
sets U.S. food and farm
priorities by developing policies and funding
that provide a safety
net for agricultural producers and for low
Americans. The farm bill
includes 12 titles that each address broad categories of
related programs, including: Nutrition, Commodity crops and subsidies, Crop insurance,
Land conservation, Agricultural research and International aid. Here's a one-pager that sums of the Farm Bill and why it is important.
The Role of TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program)
TEFAP is a federal program that provides nutritious food commodities at no cost to Americans in need of short-term hunger relief through food banks like ours and local food assistance programs. Learn more about the critical role of the TEFAP program to our hunger-relief efforts.
Leading the Way in Food Recovery
Neighbors in Need, The Environment and the Economy
An enormous amount of food is wasted in the United States each year. Information from ReFED - a collaboartion of business, non-profit, foundations and government leaders committed to reducing United States food waster - indicates that 72 billion pounds of safe and wholesome food does not make it the kitchen table every year in the U.S. As part of the nationwide network of Feeding America food banks, we bring together public, provate and non-profit organzations to rescue more food and drive awareness of the issues. Read more here.
While food donations are essential to our mission, they can be unpredictable. To help ensure regular supplies of staple food items are available to our partner agencies, the NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks works to inform NC General Assembly members about the problem of hunger - who is affected, the impact of hunger on the health of individuals and communities and what is needed to address the problem. Please express your appreciation to our leaders for their support of North Carolina Feeding America Food Banks. For your reference, here are tips for writing your state legislators.
Senate Representation by County:
House Representation by County:
Additional information and tools for speaking out for hunger-free communities are available through Feeding America's online Hunger Action Center.
On the state level, the NC Justice Center's NC Policy Watch and Commentary site offers a wealth of information relative to legislation moving through the N.C. General Assembly: www.ncpolicywatch.com.
The UNC Center for Poverty, Work and Opportunity is a non-partisan, interdisciplinary institute designed to study, examine, document, and advocate for proposals, policies and services to mitigate poverty in North Carolina and the nation.