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Become an Advocate Against Hunger

There’s never a good time to be hungry. While our economy continues to grow stronger, food insecurity is an urgent problem.

Contact your U.S. representatives and senators and urge them to provide the resources needed to end hunger in North Texas. Start by researching the federal feeding programs below, then visit senate.gov or house.gov to find your local representatives. 

Currently, the Food Bank is focused on legislation that would impact thousands of food insecure North Texans: 

Learn about Federal Feeding Programs

Research and support federal programs that are most crucial to helping hungry people in our community. Below are some of the federal programs that benefit NTFB clients:

FARM BILL

The modern day Farm Bill is a key piece of federal legislation for food and farming in the United States. It impacts environmental conservation, food safety, agricultural subsidies, rural development, and food and nutrition programs. The Farm Bill is divided into 12 sections called Titles. Of particular interest to NTFB is Title 4, the Nutrition Title. Within this title are programs that serve as the first line of defense against hunger. Every five years, the farm bill expires and is updated: proposed, debated, and passed by Congress and then signed into law by the President.

 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

SNAP is the federal nutrition program formerly known as "food stamps". Because SNAP is a federal entitlement program, eligibility is based on household size and income. SNAP benefits are provided on an EBT (electronic benefits transfer) card that works much like a debit card. In 2017, NTFB provided access to 28 million meals through SNAP. 

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
TEFAP is a federally funded program that distributes USDA commodity foods to the Texas Department of Agriculture. They then distribute these nutritious foods to food banks, which in turn are able to deliver these to our partner agencies so that they may serve their clients. Along with food it also provides administrative funds to help people in need. In Fiscal Year 2017, NTFB distributed more than 8 million meals of food through TEFAP.

Commodities Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
CSFP is a federally funded program that works to supplement the diets of qualifying low-income individuals with USDA foods.  In 2000, NTFB became the first Commodities Supplemental Food Program (known locally as People and Nutrition, or PAN) distributor in Texas. Each month, 8,500 participants receive an estimated 30 pounds of USDA commodities at over 100 PAN distribution sites in Dallas, Collin, Denton and Ellis counties.

CHILD NUTRITION REAUTHORIZATION

The Child Nutrition Reauthorization is reauthorized every five years to improve and strengthen the child nutrition and school meal programs. These programs are design to help meet the needs of our nation’s children in pre-school, school-based, and out-of-school time settings. Currently, the current law is titled, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This expired on September 30, 2015, Congress was unable to develop a new bill so the programs continue to operate under the old law.

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)
SFSP was established by the USDA to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session.  During the summer, NTFB serves as a SFSP sponsor to distribute (on average) 2,300 meals and snacks daily. All meals follow USDA requirements and actually exceed the minimum amount of fruits/vegetables required for a complete meal by ¼ cup.

Supplemental Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
WIC allows pregnant women and mothers with very young children to “buy” nutritious food such as milk, eggs, bread and other staples. The program is discretionary, so funding changes from year to year and isn’t required to keep pace with increasing needs. 

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
CACFP provides food assistance through child and adult care institutions. NTFB serves as a sponsor of the CACFP, which is a reimbursement program, operated via the Texas Department of Agriculture. The after-school, at-risk supper program serves a mix of hot and cold unitized meals to children between the ages of 5 and 17.  During the school year, NTFB distributes (on average) 790 meals at 16 sites every weekday through CACFP.

Questions? Please contact:

Valerie HawthorneGoverment Relations Director

Please see the links below for additional resources. 

Feeding America

Food Research and Action Center

Feeding Texas

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