The Farm Bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation that authorizes most federal policies governing food and agriculture programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as CalFresh in California. The Farm Bill is reauthorized approximately every five 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. The 2018 Farm Bill expired on September 30, 2023, but the Continuing Resolution H.R. 6363, passed in November of 2023, extended the 2018 Farm Bill until September 30, 2024. Discussions about the Farm Bill are taking place in D.C. and across the country.
We must support legislation that strengthens SNAP in the Farm Bill.
Closing the Meal Gap Act – H.R. 3037(Adams)/S. 1336 (Gillibrand): Improve SNAP benefit adequacy to help SNAP participants meet their household’s dietary, cultural, and other food needs by permanently adopting the Low-Cost Food Plan to replace the inadequate Thrifty Food Plan.
Increase accessibility to SNAP for critical populations:
Improve Access to Nutrition Act – H.R. 1510 (Lee)/ S. 2435 (Welch): Repeal the three-month time limit on SNAP for certain working-age adults who struggle with deep-set barriers to finding consistent employment. | FRAC Brief
Restore Act–H.R. 3479 (Cohen)/S. 1753 (Booker) : Repeals the lifetime federal ban on individuals with felony drug convictions from receiving SNAP | FRAC Factsheet
LIFT the BAR Act – H.R. 4170 (Jayapal)/S. 2038 (Hirono): Reverse the racially discriminatory policy of prohibiting SNAP to immigrants by repealing the five-year bar for SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid.
Hot Foods Act – H.R. 3519 (Meng)/ S. 2258 (Bennet): Expand the accessibility of using SNAP to purchase hot food and meals. This will increase accessibility to nutritious meals for people who have limited food preparation space or physical ability.
Farmers Feeding America Act- H.R. 6203 (Salinas, Panetta)/S. 2713 (Casey): Roughly double the funding for TEFAP food purchases to support food banks.
Thank you to our Food Banks that lifted up these anti-hunger priorities in Farm Bill Listening Sessions:
Step 2: Send your member of congress an email asking them to become a co-sponsor. For example, use this email template to send a personalized email to your members thanking them for bills they have cosponsored and asking them to co-sponsor priority SNAP bills they have yet to sign on to. Use this email template to ask them to co-sponsor a priority TEFAP bill.