President Trump signs the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (HR 2), better known as the Farm Bill, authorizing numerous nutrition and rural development funding programs at the Agriculture Dept. for the next five years. The majority of funding programs important to our readers are operated by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, Agricultural Marketing Service, Rural Development and National Institute of Food and Agriculture agencies. The law and accompanying conference report provide a wealth of initial details on policy and funding program changes. The final law rejects House provisions to broaden FNS’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (CFDA Number: 10.551) work requirements, toughen eligibility criteria and change the way monthly food aid benefits are calculated. SNAP (https://tinyurl.com/hsfmql6), formerly known as the Food Stam Program, offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. States to emergency food increase The Emergency Food Assistance Program (CFDA Number: 10.569) is a big winner under the new law. Its funding authorization is increased to $60 million each fiscal year. TEFAP (https://tinyurl.com/lwltqvv) is a federal program helping supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including seniors, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. FNS is directed to use $20 million of the funding each year for the new Farm-to-Food Bank Program to provide inexpensive food for low-income families. The conference re [...]
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