Feeding America’s vision is an America where no one is hungry.
Feeding America is the largest hunger-relief and food recovery organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that serve every county in the country, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year, including 12 million children and seven million seniors. Food banks are responding to unprecedented need due to COVID-19: in 2020, we provided 6.1 billion meals to our neighbors facing hunger, an increase of 44 percent over 2019.
Food banks cannot end hunger alone.
We need to work in partnership with our lawmakers to ensure strong investments in federal nutrition programs so none of our neighbors go to bed hungry tonight.
How will we fight for a hunger-free nation?
- Strengthen SNAP by extending a benefit boost of at least 15 percent for all recipients for the duration of the economic downturn and beyond to provide critical food assistance and to help promote economic stimulus.
- Increase funding for food purchases to support food banks, specifically through an additional $900 million for food purchases through The Emergency food Assistance Program (TEFAP) until September 30, 2022. Congress should also ensure any additional funding to help support USDA food purchases of commodities impacted by COVID-19 supply chain disruptions are distributed through USDA food distribution programs.
- Extend and expand Summer-EBT, currently operating as Pandemic-EBT, to ensure USDA has the authority needed to continue this important program during summers and for future school closings. Extend and strengthen child nutrition program waiver authority to ensure the flexibility needed to continue operations.
- Address funding shortfall within the network in cold storage and distribution capacity.
- Extend the temporary increases in the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit to provide families with children and working adults additional critical economic resources.