The Coalition advocates for responsible, progressive policy that addresses the real need in our community.
Much of the work that we do on the front lines—building the capacity of food pantries in our region and helping Philadelphia residents obtain food stamps (SNAP)—informs all of our policy recommendations.
As the U.S. continues to recover from the economic recession, lawmakers in Harrisburg and on Capitol Hill are making decisions that will affect all Philadelphia residents. The Coalition Against Hunger will keep you up to date on how federal and state legislation will impact the most vulnerable residents in our region and what you can do about it.
Find Your State Legislators (Senators and Representatives): Contacting your legislators is an effective way to let your voice be heard on the issues you find here. Click through to find contact information.
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- Child Nutrition Reauthorization 2015: Every five years, Congress must review all of the child nutrition programs that provide food to low-income children across the country and throughout the year, including school meals and WIC. The future of all of these programs must be determined in the coming year, with the current child nutrition act set to expire on Sept. 30, 2015. Read more.
- Farm Bill: The most recent Farm Bill, passed in 2014, presented an opportunity for Congress to strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), America's first line of defense against hunger. Despite its name, the majority of Farm Bill spending funds nutrition programs that keep millions of Americans from going hungry every day. Read about how the final bill affected Pennsylvania.
- SNAP (Food Stamp) Asset Test: On April 21, 2015, a spokesman for the Department of Human Services announced the removal of the SNAP Asset Test, which restored food stamp access to those who struggle to feed their families. Read more at www.philly.com
In Philadelphia, 22 percent of children are food-insecure. The city is hoping more families take advantage of free summer meals.
Pennsylvania became 36th state to do away with asset test