November 14, 2017

Be an Advocate

ADVOCACY

Government policies and programs are critical to ending hunger—but they don’t always make the headlines when political agendas are being discussed. How can we make sure that hunger is on the agenda? By speaking up, early and often, about the urgency of ending food insecurity, and making sure our government leaders understand how public and private, charitable programs work together to help people in need.

The Alabama Food Bank Association asks you to join us in speaking out against hunger and speaking up for proven, effective policy solutions. Government officials need to hear from you in order to keep ending hunger a priority.

BECOME AN ANTI-HUNGER ADVOCATE

Effective advocacy begins with knowing which person, or unit of government has responsibility for the specific policy or program that you want to affect. When it comes to hunger, every level of government has a role to play. At the Alabama Food Bank Association, we advocate for specific, hunger-focused policy priorities and we encourage civic engagement among our partner agencies, clients and supporters. As the Food Bank builds a stronger community free of hunger, we need you to help us get there.

Join our advocacy alert email list to be notified when legislators are about to make an important decision that will impact hunger in your community. We do not send you tons of email through this action alert list. Our focus is making it easy for you to contact your legislators about hunger at the moments when that communication can make the biggest difference.

If you’re not already registered to vote, take that most important step right now.

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Our Priorities

There are too many children, seniors and working families experiencing hunger. To make sure people have access to the nutritious meals they need, when they need them, we’ve got to stay focused. Three policy priorities form the core of our advocacy work at the Food Bank.

Participant Eligibility Requirements.

Households must meet State eligibility criteria. Each state sets criteria for determining what households are eligible to receive food for home consumption. Income standards may, at the State's discretion, be met through participation in other existing Federal, State, or local food, health, or welfare programs for which eligibility is based on income. States can adjust the income criteria in order to ensure that assistance is provided only to those households most in need. However, recipients of prepared meals are considered to be needy and are not subject to a means test.
How to Apply. Contact your State distributing agency for further assistance. For a list of SDA contacts that includes those which administer TEFAP, CSFP, NSIP, and Schools/Child Nutrition Commodity Programs, click here.
To view a fact sheet with frequently asked questions about how this program works, click here.

SNAP 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. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.