News

  • 12-5-2019
    On Wednesday December 4, the Trump Administration published a final rule that will make it more difficult for some Utahns to maintain their SNAP eligibility. The targeted population are able-bodied adults without dependents, ages 18 through 49, otherwise known as ABAWDs. Under the existing rule, ABAWDs are only allowed to access benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for 3 out of 36 months unless they are working on average 20 hours per week. However, federal rules currently allow states to waive these work requirements in areas with high unemployment.The final rule drastically changes state flexibility to waive the ABAWD work requirement in response to areas with high unemployment. This new rule undermines state flexibility and will reduce access to vital nutrition benefits used by the poorest of all SNAP recipients. It fails to recognize the barriers faced by many of the people who will be impacted by this new rule, and does nothing to assist this population in getting and keeping a job. Further it will not create jobs in rural communities where economic development is scarce. Restricting access to SNAP, a nutrition assistance program, does not make people more employable, arguably it will make them less able to find work because of the consequences of hunger. This rule also undermines SNAP’s ability to respond to worsening economic conditions. While the economy is strong at the moment a future recession will lead to an increase in SNAP participation. Changes to the current rule will prevent states from waiving areas with rapidly rising unemployment. This rule change is unnecessary and cruel, and subverts the will of Congress which turned away these changes in the Farm Bill that was passed in 2018. Utahns Against Hunger will join our colleagues in other states to continue to fight the implementation of these changes that are to go into effect April 1, 2020.
  • 11-8-2019
    Utahns Against Hunger has been working tireless to oppose attempts to increase the sales tax on food, a misguided policy that will hurt some of Utahs most vulnerable citizens. Click here to read our letter to Governor Herbert and the Tax Equalization and Equalization Task Force, and sign on to show your support today!
  • 8-27-2019
    It’s the Main Event!!!!! Come join Utahns Against Hunger, the Garage on Beck and Libation for a fun afternoon of burgers, drink pairings and music on Sunday, September 1 at 6:00 p.m. at the Garage on Beck.
  • 4-1-2019
    Utahns Against Hunger is thrilled to announce that Utah Double Up Food Bucks gained some much needed state funding support during the 2019 state legislative session. 
  • 3-1-2019
    Between March 4th and 7th the Executive Appropriations Committee of the Utah State Legislature will consider a set of funding requests that, if funded, would help increase access to fresh local foods, support Utah farmers, and strengthen local food economies across the state. 
  • 11-13-2018
    The next action on the Farm Bill will likely take place during the upcoming lame duck session of Congress, which starts November 16th.  
  • 11-13-2018
    Join Utahns Against Hunger in denouncing the Trump Administration’s deeply flawed proposed public charge rule that would undermine decades of progress in reducing hunger in Utah and across the country. The proposed rule will increase poverty, harm health and children's ability to learn, and weaken our communities.
  • 11-13-2018
    At this time of year our thoughts start turning to holiday celebrations, family, and friends. Who is going to be sitting around our holiday tables, and will we manage to cultivate a respite of civility and love from the political polarization that has beset our nation? 
  • 8-1-2018
    Despite an improving economy, 12.5 percent of households in Utah reported that they struggled to buy enough food for themselves and their families during 2016–2017, according to a new report released by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC, a national anti-hunger advocacy group).
  • 6-29-2018
    Utahns Against Hunger congratulates the U.S. Senate for passing S.3042: Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, otherwise known as the farm bill. The Senate farm bill passed 86 to 11, with Senator Hatch voting on the prevailing side.
  • 6-21-2018
    Utahns Against Hunger is deeply disappointed in the passage of H.R. 2: The Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly known as the farm bill. If implemented this bill will fundamentally change the food assistance that will be available to working parents, seniors, and veterans.
  • 5-11-2018
    UAH usually has a spring fundraiser with Love UT Give UT in March, but that event has been moved to the fall. So instead, we're having a party!
  • 3-30-2018
    UAH recently had the pleasure of working with two student interns: Legislative Intern Melissa Bain from the University of Utah, who assisted during the 2018 legislative session, and Dietetic Intern Joelle Mittanck from Brigham Young University, who worked on Utah School Breakfast Week. We are grateful for their excellent work and asked them to share about their experiences. 
  • 3-23-2018
    Governor Gary Herbert proclaimed March 19-23, 2018 Utah School Breakfast Week. At Utahns Against Hunger we work to improve participation in the School Breakfast Program and promote alternative breakfast serving models. Research shows that students who eat school breakfast are more likely to maintain a healthy weight, drink more milk, and eat more fruit daily!
  • 3-21-2018
    Over half of college students in the United States experience food insecurity, including students right here in Utah. This goes far beyond the trope of the "starving college student" who subsists on Ramen noodles; many students have to skip meals to make ends meet, limit their work hours to qualify for financial aid, or make the choice between rent, books, or food. All of this is occurring while tuition costs and student loans rise.
  • 3-12-2018
    This year’s legislative session held many disappointments for everyday Utahns, but for Utahns Against Hunger, one of the biggest was the failure to remove the sales tax on food. Last Monday, the Senate Revenue & Taxation Committee, with the exception of Senators Deidre Henderson and Jim Debakis, voted down a tax cut for all Utahns.
  • 3-2-2018
    There's only one week left in the legislative session! To stay up to date on the latest legislative news, sign up for Hunger Action Alerts! Changes are italicized.
  • 2-13-2018
    Any optimism that the president’s fiscal year 2019 budget proposal would be an improvement over last year’s was quickly dashed when the budget was released this morning. While Congress has to enact an official budget, the proposed budget lays out the priorities of the White House. It is clear from the proposed program changes and budget cuts that this administration’s priorities will make the lives of seniors, people with disabilities, children, and their working parents more difficult.
  • 2-8-2018
    IT'S WEEK 3 OF THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION! To stay up to date on the latest legislative news, sign up for Hunger Action Alerts! Changes are italicized.