The Farm Bill is the leading legislative driver of our nation’s food and farming policy. The Farm Bill is reauthorized approximately every 5 years and sets food and agricultural policy that provides a safety net for our country’s agricultural producers and helps our low-income communities put food on the table.
Factsheet: How the Farm Bill Impacts Food Banks (September, 2018)
Factsheet: Who Receives SNAP in California (September, 2018)
Factsheet: SNAP Matters for California Children (October, 2018)
*For factsheet citations, visit our citations page.
Voices of SNAP:
Storytelling and communications are a core part of our advocacy efforts at the California association of Food Banks. Visit our Voices of SNAP page for videos that illustrate the value of the federal nutrition safety net to California, and learn how you can share your story, too.
Organize a site visit:
Site vists to local food banks and food patries are a great way to communicate about the imoprtance of SNAP with your elected representatives, and local media outlets. Take a look at these helpful resources:
The California Farm Bureau Federation has also indicated their interest in organizing a Farm to Food Bank tour with a member of Congress to highlight the value of the food system and the collaborations between food banks and farmers around the state. If you’re interested in organizing a Farm to Food Bank Tour with your local Farm Bureau, please let Rachel Tucker know. If you already have some events in the works, please let Rachel know any actions you’re planning and as always, don’t hesitate to contact her with any questions.
Updates and Next Steps:
(April) USDA has released implementation guidance for the 2018 Farm Bill. You can access implementation memos and guidance on SNAP, TEFAP, CSFP and FDPIR available here to stay on top of the latest updates.
(December) The Farm Bill Conference Report was released December 10, full text is available here. Our joint statement on the Report with California Food Policy Advocates, County Welfare Directors Association, and Western Center on Poverty and Law is available here.
(September) House and Senate Farm Bill Negotiators have stated that Congress will not pass a final farm bill before the current bill expires this Sunday, September 30th. While staff will continue to work through the differences between the two bills in October, members of the House are headed back to their districts at the end of this week and a final bill is not expected to come together or move until a lame duck session after November midterm elections. SNAP, TEFAP, CSFP, and FDPIR or other hunger programs will continue to be funded and operate as usual. In addition, our messaging on the Farm Bill will be the same and we will need to keep up the drumbeat on SNAP while Farm Bill negotiators meet in the fall. Look for further communication from CAFB and our national partners at FRAC, CBPP and Feeding America for more Farm Bill updates.