Farm Bill Priorities
What is the Farm Bill?
A piece of legislation that is reauthorized every 5 years - it guides and creates funding for different types of programs such as commodities, conservation, trade, nutrition, rural development, research, forestry, and energy.
How does the Farm Bill help hungry people?
In the nutrition title (section) of the bill, information about funding and eligibility is provided for the following programs:
- SNAP (food stamps)
- The Emergency Food Assistance Program
- Commodity Supplemental Food Program
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's Priorities for the Farm Bill
- Increase mandatory funding levels for TEFAP food.
- Reauthorize TEFAP Storage and Distribution Funds at $100 million per year.
- Reauthorize TEFAP Infrastructure Grants at $15 million per year.
- Clarify Secretary of Agriculture’s authority to purchase bonus commodities in times of high need for emergency food relief in addition to times of low commodity prices so the program is responsive both to excess supply and excess demand.
• Transition CSFP to a seniors-only program, while grandfathering in current participants, to promote greater efficiencies and recognize CSFP’s evolution to serving a primarily senior population.
• Maintain funding to support current eligibility and benefit levels and oppose harmful policy changes.
• Encourage better nutrition by maintaining nutrition education provisions, strengthening retailer standards to improve access to healthy foods, and piloting incentives for the purchase of fruits and vegetables.
• Build on SNAP’s strong record of integrity and payment accuracy by issuing guidance to states on the eligibility of lottery winners and college students, upgrading trafficking prevention resources, and tightening retailer standards.