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Farm Bill Agreement Rejects Array of Harmful SNAP Provisions Against Hunger

Statement attributed to James D. Weill, president, Food Research & Action Center  

The Farm Bill Conference Report, released yesterday evening, protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the critical investment that ensures nearly 40 million people who struggle against hunger in this country can afford to put food in their refrigerators and on their tables. In NH there are over 44,000 residents who suffer from food insecurity every day.

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USDA’s Final Rule on Nutrition Standards May Be a Nutritional Step Backward

Statement attributed to James D. Weill, president, Food Research & Action Center  

The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) is disappointed that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a final rule last week that rolls back certain important aspects of the current school meal nutrition standards and significantly unravels progress made under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The Act ensures the nearly 30 million children who eat school lunch and the 14.4 million who eat school breakfast have the nutrition they need for their health and learning.

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National Organizations Urge Congress to Support Bipartisan Compromise in Senate Farm Bill

“Bill should help families in need, farmers, and protect the environment”

A broad array of national organizations today called on every member from both chambers of Congress to support the bipartisan compromise achieved in the Senate farm bill. The groups urged the leadership of the House and Senate agriculture committees to make hungry families, family farmers and environmental protection the top priorities in the final farm bill.

“Our organizations urge Congress to pass a farm bill that helps put food on the table for families in need, supports all farmers, and protects the environment. The bipartisan Senate farm bill earned 86 votes, a historic level of support. Like the Senate bill, the final farm bill should strengthen anti-hunger, conservation, and local food programs, support the next generation of diverse farmers, tighten farm subsidy loopholes, and reject anti-environmental riders. To achieve these priorities, Congress must commit to finalizing a farm bill that reflects the bipartisan compromise achieved in the Senate farm bill.”

Here is a copy of the supporting Farm Bill and the NH supporting organizations, including NH Hunger Solutions. We anticipate a vote within the week.

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