hunger

Testimony to DC Council on SNAP

Testimony to DC Council about SNAP | Rachel Metz Even before the pandemic, SNAP filled a major need in DC, particularly for children. In fiscal year 2019, 94,000 District residents participated in SNAP, which is about 13 percent of the District’s population.28 Of those 94,000 participants, 37,000 - just over one-third - were children under age 18 (with about one-third...

Protecting the Social Safety Net: Reflections from an Anti-Hunger Policy Lens

This month I had the opportunity, along with over 1,300 participants, to attend the 2017 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference co-sponsored by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and Feeding America right here in DC. Given the conference title, you might expect the room to be filled with those working exclusively at anti-hunger organizations and food banks. However, I found...

Could you feed your family on $8 a day?

Nearly 66,000 families in D.C. receive food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) every month -- about half of those benefits go to children. Without food stamps, vulnerable children are at serious risk of hunger and malnutrition. Of all the safety-net programs out there, none are more vital than SNAP, which literally puts food on the table.Now the...