Advocate

When you speak out, you use your voice to urge your elected officials to do their part to help end hunger. Decisions made by our elected officials have a huge impact both on the supply of food available to give to people in need and on the demand for charitable food assistance.

 

New Year, New Administration, New Congress

President Biden’s Executive Actions on Food Assistance

  • Improvements to Pandemic EBT (P-EBT): An immediate boost to benefits in the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program — a program that provides families with money to replace meals that millions of children lost access to at the onset of the pandemic due to school and childcare closures.
  • Review an Increase to SNAP Benefits Allotment: Last spring states were provided the flexibility to provide extra, emergency SNAP food benefits to our neighbors in need in the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act. Unfortunately, the law was interpreted to exclude nearly 40 percent of SNAP households with the lowest incomes who already received the maximum benefit. This executive order will review their authority to provide a pathway to allow states to increase SNAP benefits delivered through emergency allotments.
  • Review the Thirty Food Plan: The executive order will begin the work of revising the Thrifty Food Plan — the basis for determining SNAP benefits — to better factor in the economic realities that families in need must navigate today when accessing their next meal.

USDA Nominations

  • President Biden has nominated Tom Vilsack for the role of Secretary of the Department of Agriculture (USDA). Vilsack previously filled that roll in President Obama’s cabinet.  USDA is the administering federal agency for many food assistance programs like SNAP, TEFAP, CSFP, child nutrition programs, and others.
  • President Biden appointed Stacy Dean as the Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. Stacy Dean is a nutrition policy expert and previously served as Vice President for Food Assistance Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, D.C. She brings a wealth of knowledge to this role and will be charged with leading USDA’s food assistance programs.

Contacting Your Legislators 

Call your U.S. Representative and Senators today to urge them to strengthen SNAP through much needed legislation. Contacting your legislators can ensure that they know how important the issue of hunger and SNAP is to their constituents. See below for your federal legislators’ contact information. 

  • Call (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Representative
  • Senator Bob Casey — 202-224-6324
  • Senator Pat Toomey — 202-224-4254

You can make a difference! Join our email list to stay in the know or check back here often to see the easy actions you can take to help our neighbors. We also encourage you to register to vote and vote for individuals who care about the issue of hunger. Thank you for lending your voice for our neighbors in need.

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