Be a catalyst for change. Become a voice for people in need and an advocate for our efforts.
Food insecurity is an extremely important issue—around the world, across the country, and right here in Nebraska and western Iowa. Help us advocate to end hunger. Whether you reach out to legislators, or work to educate your friends and family about food insecurity in our communities, every conversation is another vital step toward achieving our mission and ending hunger in the Heartland.
september is hunger action month
How you can make your voice heard:
White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
On September 28, 2022, for the first time in over 50 years, the Biden-Harris Administration hosted a conference aimed at influencing the country’s food policies, including those affecting our neighbors in Nebraska and western Iowa. This aligns with the administration’s goal of ending hunger and reducing diet-related disease through the promotion of healthy eating and physical activity in the U.S. by 2030.
The conference featured five pillars:
- Improve food access and affordability
- Integrate nutrition and health
- Empower all consumers to make and have access to healthy choices
- Support activity for all
- Enhance nutrition and food security research
These pillars align with the Food Bank’s mission of eliminating hunger in the Heartland by ensuring consistent access to healthy foods through community partnerships.
Click here to learn more about the conference. View the Biden-Harris National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health here. Watch panel sessions for each of the five pillars of the National Strategy here.
In addition to the White House’s resources, USDA released “Leveraging the White House Conference to Promote and Elevate Nutrition Security: The Role of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)” to highlight ways FNS is supporting—and will continue to support—the President’s goal and to leverage the momentum of the Conference.
Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids
The House Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) Bill—also known as the Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act (H.R 8540)—would reauthorize child nutrition programs across the country, affecting children and families right here in Nebraska and western Iowa. HR 8540 would expand the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) so that more schools could serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to students. Among other items, the House bill would also allow for more participation in summer meals by lowering the Free and Reduced-Price Lunch requirement from 50% to 40%.
The Farm Bill is the centerpiece federal legislation for food and farming, and it impacts access to nutritious food for the millions of people in America struggling with hunger—including our neighbors across Nebraska and western Iowa. It provides an opportunity for policymakers to comprehensively and periodically address agricultural and food issues. In addition to developing and enacting farm legislation, Congress is involved in overseeing its implementation. The Farm Bill typically is renewed about every five years.
Read more about the Farm Bill here. Learn how the Farm Bill is helping reduce hunger on Feeding America’s website. Feeding America continues to work to protect and strengthen key federal nutrition programs. Some of their priority issues in the bill include: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), and Food Rescue.
Other ways to make your voice heard
To make progress toward ending hunger in Nebraska and western Iowa, we need to make sure our lawmakers in Washington are fighting for those struggling here in the Heartland. Federal nutrition programs matter here at home. You can help make sure our representatives see how great the need is—call on Nebraska and Iowa lawmakers in Washington D.C. to make ending hunger a priority.
Advocate for a hunger-free America. Click here to learn more about federal nutrition programs and how you can lend your support. Reach out to Congress today and stand up for families struggling with food insecurity. Click here to send a message to your local Congress representative to protect programs like SNAP, which helps millions of Americans.
Take action today! Below are some great resources on hunger advocacy efforts.
Join the conversation
Start a Virtual Funds Drive
Get your friends and family involved in the fight to end hunger. Set up your virtual funds drive today!
Host a Food Drive
Food drives are a great way to connect with co-workers and friends while helping our neighbors in need.