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It Takes More than Food to Fight Hunger
The San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) focuses on providing emergency food support to individuals and families in need. While putting meals on the table is a temporary "leg up" during a crisis, sometimes hunger and poverty create a cycle that becomes very difficult to break without attacking the causes of the problems that create them. The SAFB is not only committed to providing emergency support, but also to working to address the systemic issues that cause hunger and poverty. We strive to do our part in feeding the hungry and providing support to the many families and individuals that live throughout our sixteen county service area.
2014 Farm Bill
After more than two years of negotiations, Congress finally passed a Farm Bill that, among other things, reauthorizes vital nutrition programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly referred to as food stamps. Cuts were made to SNAP through changes to the “Heat and Eat” program, in which residents of certain states receive additional SNAP benefits if they spend a significant amount on heating costs. Texas does not participate in “Heat and Eat” so our residents were spared this cut. An increase to The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) in the amount of $205 million over 5 years was authorized. Additionally, a new dairy program was created to help out our dairy farmers if prices fall below a certain trigger. The USDA will buy up surplus dairy and distribute it to public and private non-profits. The Farm Bill also improves access to SNAP benefits, while promoting more nutritious food and funding SNAP nutrition education.
For more information on the Farm Bill visit these websites:
83rd Texas Legislative Session 2013
During the 83rd Texas Legislature, food banks across the state stayed busy advocating for the protection of existing funding streams that help us feed needy families. One legislative victory was the passage of SB 376, introduced by Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D). SB 376 implements free universal breakfast in schools in which 80% or more of their students qualify for free or reduced school lunch. In some schools that have already implemented universal breakfast, lower administrative costs have been realized. We all know the importance of breakfast, and this is another way for students to be well nourished and ready to start the school day. Studies have shown that students who eat a nutritious breakfast perform better in school, have fewer disciplinary problems and are less likely to be overweight.
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For additional hunger policy information go to the Food Research and Action Center website.