Sign-On to Safeguard the Federal Nutrition Programs
Demonstrate Your Organization’s Support to Safeguard the Federal Nutrition Programs- Sign Letter to President Trump and Congress
The National Anti-Hunger Organizations (NAHO) came together to issue a statement (pdf) in mid-December restating our commitment to ensuring a strong and effective national nutrition safety net for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families and calling on Congress and the President to safeguard and support these critically-important programs.
Action Needed: We now are expanding the reach of this common message to include national, state and local organizations demonstrating the diverse groundswell of support for the federal nutrition programs.
Deadline: This letter will be a key advocacy resource for the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, March 5th-7th in Washington, DC. For more on the conference, click here. Please sign your organization onto this letter by Wednesday, March 1st to ensure your organization is listed in the Lobby Day (March 7th) materials.
We, the undersigned, are national, state, and local organizations committed to ensuring a strong and effective national nutrition safety net for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families. With a united voice, we reflect on the hunger problem in America and its solutions as we work with the new Administration and Congress on solutions to the problem.
There are 42 million people in this country — 13 million of them children and over 5 million of them seniors — living in households struggling with hunger. This problem would be far, far worse if not for the nation’s successful and cost-effective anti-hunger programs:
• the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps);
• the National School Breakfast and School Lunch programs;
• the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) that provides nutritious meals for children in child
care, Head Start, and afterschool programs and shelters;
• the Summer Meals programs;
• the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC);
• The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which provides commodities to food banks;
• the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations; and
• nutrition programs for the elderly (e.g., the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and
congregate and home-delivered meals).
Together, these federal nutrition programs reduce hunger and poverty, improve health and learning, increase productivity, create jobs, and invest in the future of our communities. These programs help all Americans in every state including seniors, children, people with disabilities, veterans, military families, and low-paid workers, unemployed and underemployed adults.
In particular, SNAP, as our nation’s first line of defense against hunger, has the broadest reach.
It is structured to respond effectively to need as a result of economic downturns, natural disasters, and other causes.
We call on the Administration and the Congress to recommit our nation to one of its most important and widely agreed-upon beliefs, one that has deep and long-standing bipartisan support: nobody in this country should go hungry.
Specifically, we call on you to protect and defend the federal nutrition programs from block grants and structural changes; to fully fund these programs and defend them from budget cuts, taking steps to ensure all people in our country have access to the nutrition they need to live healthy and productive lives.
We stand ready to work with the President and Congress to achieve this goal.