Federal Policy Priorities
Each year Congress must decide, through negotiations with the President, how much money is appropriated to various programs - including many food and nutrition assistance programs funded by the federal government. For the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget, the Food Bank has several policy priorities:
- Oppose funding cuts and harmful policy proposals including efforts to block grant, cap, or cut funding; impose restrictive work requirements; or otherwise reduce benefits or restrict eligibility or participation.
- Increase funding levels for TEFAP food and fully fund TEFAP Storage and Distribution at authorized levels.
- Encourage the Secretary of Agriculture to apply bonus TEFAP purchase criteria as generously as possible and make specialty crop purchases for TEFAP early and often to increase the availability of TEFAP commodities.
- Provide funding for CSFP to maintain current program caseloads.
CHILD NUTRITION REAUTHORIZATION
Typically reauthorized every 5 years by Congress, the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) Act funds and allows for policy changes to school meal programs and other federal child nutrition programs. The last Act was passed in 2010, therefore reauthorization should happen in 2015.
Programs influenced by the CNR process:
- National School Lunch Program
- School Breakfast Program
- Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
- Summer Food Service Program
Although the Food Bank does not directly administer these programs, we know they are important programs that help feed Pennsylvanians in need of food assistance. We will be working with partners throughout the state and country to ensure these programs are protected and strengthened throughout the reauthorization process.
TAX PROVISIONS TO ENCOURAGE FOOD AND FUND DONATIONS
- Reject a cap on the charitable giving tax deduction.
- Renew and expand the food donation tax incentives.
*Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank seeks alignment with Feeding America on federal policy priorities.