March 20, 2020

Call Senator Romney TODAY!

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Support our national partners and call Senator Romney now!

The Food Research and Action Partner has put out an alert, calling for our support in pushing to a more expansive stimulus package:

Now that H.R. 6201 - Families First Coronavirus Response Act has been signed into law, Congress must immediately pass a comprehensive stimulus package that will both stabilize the economy and provide direct aid to individuals and families during this public health and economic crisis. The Senate is still in session and is negotiating an economic stimulus package that is expected to respond to the economic upheaval that is gripping the country. Included in those conversations among Senate leadership are SNAP and the nutrition programs. 

Act TODAY!

Call your Senators at (202) 224-3121 (Capitol Switchboard) or email them to urge that any COVID-19 economic recovery package must build on SNAP’s economic stimulus effects by:

        1. boosting SNAP maximum benefits by 15 percent
        2. increasing the minimum SNAP benefit from $16 to $30   
        3. suspending all SNAP administrative rules that would terminate or weaken benefits. 

These temporary provisions should be continued until the economy improves. There are other measures being negotiated through appropriations that would provide additional commodity support, targeted relief to the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), additional funding for older adult nutrition programs, additional funding to support state and local WIC programs and CACFP sponsoring organizations, and administrative support to states that are already seeing strains on their systems. We support all of these efforts as well. 

Check out FRAC’s page, Preparing for the Impacts of the Coronavirus on Health, Well-being, and Food Security, which provides up-to-date information on legislation, bill summaries, policies, and other important news.

You can also write Senator Romney's office here.

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.

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. 

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. 

Call your state legislators TODAY and ask them to prioritize the 'Local Farmers First' appropriations requests currently being considered by the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee.

November 13, 2018

Farm Bill Update

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The next action on the Farm Bill will likely take place during the upcoming lame duck session of Congress, which starts November 16th.  

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.