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The Food Bank’s Public Policy Platform

Across the 24 counties Feeding the Gulf Coast serves, nearly 350,400 people face hunger. Feeding the Gulf Coast works every day through a network of community partners to provide food to people in need. However, we know that to truly address the root cause of hunger, we must strengthen food assistance programs and invest in anti-hunger policies to help ensure no one goes hungry.

Feeding the Gulf Coast operates several Federal Nutrition Programs that help us efficiently use available means to fight hunger. These programs are critical in our ability to help expand our community partners’ capacities to serve their communities. Therefore, the food bank works at the federal, state, and local levels to amplify voices and engage key representatives in driving change and strengthening policies that create systemic progress in ending hunger.

Congress Passed the Keep Kids Fed Act-THANK YOU

Throughout the Pandemic, child nutrition waivers have allowed school nutrition programs, local government agencies, and nonprofit organizations to keep feeding children in the face of numerous challenges such as school closures, virtual learning, and the need to social distance. Thanks to numerous advocacy efforts across the nation, Congress passed bipartisan legislation, the Keep Kids Fed Act, to extend free school meals through September 30, and some school meal waivers through the 2022-2023 school year. We extend our appreciate to those who helped advocate and to Congress for their efforts to pass this critical first step to help support access to child care meals.

Food Banks Need Help Now

Groceries are too expensive for many people, and more and more families are turning to food banks. Ask Congress to invest in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) so food banks can keep their shelves stocked and continue to help every person who comes to their doors.

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SNAP is the 1st Line of Defense Against Hunger

We’ve all seen bigger grocery bills lately as the price of milk, cereal, produce, meat and soup keep going rising. For families who already struggle to put food on the table, these bigger grocery bills mean their kitchen pantries empty out even faster. SNAP is a lifeline for these families, and we can make it work even better for everyone by bringing the program more in line with what families really need to put food on the table today.

If we work together, we have the power to set things right. Let's build a community of committed individuals to end hunger across the central Gulf Coast. Will you take the pledge to be a voice for those in need and sign up to become an advocate?

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