Are the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Three Square advocating for more funding for SNAP?
Both food banks are not advocating for additional funding. The beauty of the SNAP program is that it is designed to expand and contract with poverty and unemployment rates. As the economy recovers, fewer households will depend on SNAP. Before the economic crisis began, the average SNAP recipient received benefits over eight months. It seems reasonable in recent years this average has increased due to the pervasiveness of unemployment. At least 35% of households eligible for SNAP in Nevada aren’t yet on the program. The Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Three Square aim to assist more eligible families apply for benefits.
What are the Farm Bill Priorities of Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Three Square?
- Protecting SNAP from harmful budget cuts and/or structural changes that reduce the program’s integrity -- as resulted in the Federal Farm Bill.
- Opposing additional limitations or barriers to participation which illegitimately heighten fear and increase stigma (finger-imaging, additional food purchase limitations);
- Supporting efforts to increase access and affordability of healthy foods for everyone, but especially for low-income individuals, rural communities and residents in urban food deserts;
- Strengthen food supply streams for food banks, including TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program), as many food banks and food pantries use government commodities purchased directly from farmers and manufactures to supplement their supply of donated food, and reduce the need to purchase food outright during the year.