The Farm Bill and SNAP in NYS

The Farm Bill is a piece of legislation that authorizes most federal policies governing food and agriculture programs, including The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Every five years the Farm Bill is reauthorized by congress, which provides an opportunity for policy makers to review the programs included in the legislation and consider any programmatic changes. Congress is starting the reauthorization process on the 2018 Farm Bill.

Millions of New Yorkers who face hunger rely on Farm Bill nutrition programs like SNAP to purchase healthy food to feed themselves and their families. SNAP has amazing strengths that reach key vulnerable populations to reduce hunger, improve health, respond to crisis, support work, and lift millions of people out of poverty while bolstering local economies.

SNAP and the Farm Bill in NYS fact sheet

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SNAP and the Farm Bill Policy Priorities

Download a printable version of our Farm Bill policy priorities

Your voice is needed: You can help protect SNAP!

For 40 years, SNAP has ensured that Americans don’t go hungry. If SNAP is weakened, New York State and our nation will see more hunger and food insecurity, worse health and educational outcomes, and higher health costs.

Join Hunger Solutions New York in protecting and strengthening SNAP. Here’s how to get involved:

  • Stay informed—sign up for SNAP action alerts
  • Follow us on social media and share our SNAP alerts, stories, and posts on your social networks
  • Create your own posts using these points: NO CUTS, NO BLOCK GRANTS, NO STRUCTURAL CHANGES and the #SNAPMatters hashtag
Learn more about our Farm Bill Policy Priorities:
Congress must protect SNAP:

MAINTAIN:

  • SNAP as our country’s leading anti-hunger program, putting healthy food on the tables of struggling families and helping them avoid hunger and improve their health.
  • SNAP’s support of rural areas, small towns, and metro centers by providing food benefits that are spent locally and quickly, creating jobs and providing markets for farmers and retailers.
  • SNAP’s ability to be responsive in times of increased need and disasters.
  • State flexibility to target and maximize SNAP benefits to the neediest families—those with children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

DEFEND AGAINST:

  • Policies that take food away from individuals who are unemployed or under-employed, including those who work but are paid low
    wages, have unpredictable hours, or are between jobs.
  • Policies that would increase paperwork or otherwise make it harder to apply for and keep SNAP benefits.
  • Imposing fees on retailers who accept SNAP.
Congress should strengthen SNAP:
  • Increase SNAP benefit amounts, currently $1.52 per person per meal in NYS, allowing families struggling with hunger to put food on the table all month long.
  • Continue to support work opportunities through an expansion of Employment and Training Programs that are skill-based and voluntary.
  • Improve access and benefit levels for seniors and people with disabilities who are in need of food assistance.
FARM BILL FAST FACTS
  • Drafted by the US House Agriculture Committee and the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee.
  • Sets the policies that bring food from our farms and ranches to our stores and homes.
  • Broken into 12 “titles” that address broad categories like agriculture, food assistance programs, and research.
  • Title 4, knows as the Nutrition Title, authorizes SNAP.
  • The current farm bill expires on September 30, 2018.

Contact these NYS members of Congress

who serve on committees working on the Farm Bill, in addition to your own member of Congress:

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Serves on Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee

Twitter: @SenGillibrand
Phone: (202) 224-4451

Rep. John Faso (NY-19)

Serves on House Agriculture Committee

Twitter: @RepJohnFaso
Phone: (202) 225-5614

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)

Serves on House Agriculture Committee

Twitter: @RepSeanMaloney
Phone: (202) 225-5441

Tell members: