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Ensure We Stay Vigilant On Helping Children Overcome Food Insecurity

The latest report from the USDA shows that the statistics around food insecurity are improving. We need to ensure that the Farm Bill protects SNAP for families.

Food insecurity continues to be a challenge for families and children. However, the most recent data shows that we are making significant progress through a multi-faceted approach. 2017 saw the lowest rate of food insecurity, at 12%, in the country since the 15% peak in 2017. However, households with children are still disproportionately insecure, at 16%, about where their next meals are going to come from.

Congress has an opportunity to strengthen and protect SNAP as part of the farm bill that is currently being debated. The two houses passed very different bills, and the September conference will decide the final outcome.

Even more significantly, over 30% of households with children headed by a single woman experience hunger. That means that moms are regularly making the difficult choice of feeding their kids something while going hungry themselves.


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a key part of lifting children and families out of poverty, and generally has bipartisan support. The program ensures that this lifeline exists for those families that are in need.


Congress has an opportunity to strengthen and protect SNAP as part of the farm bill that is currently being debated. The two houses passed very different bills, and the September conference will decide the final outcome. This program has a proven record of providing the fundamental backbone of what a child needs to succeed -- food -- and it has to be preserved if we are to continue making progress.


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