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Legislative Ask Protect Families Struggling with Hunger 

We are called to feed hungry and clothe poor people.

The farm bill (H.R. 2) is the largest source of food assistance for millions of struggling families in our country. The Senate and House have passed different version of the bill and are currently reconciling them. The biggest hurdle to completing conference negotiations between the House and the Senate is the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). The House version of the farm bill, passed by just two votes (213-211), would take food away from people unable to find a job.

Update FCNL Advocate Recognized as Interfaith Trailblazer  

At the Islamic Society of North America’s (ISNA) 55th annual convention on August 31 – Sept. 3, 2018, Amelia Kegan, FCNL’s Legislative Director for Domestic Policy, was named the 2018 Interfaith Trailblazer of the Year. She was recognized for her ongoing work to dismantle structural economic injustice.

Press Release America’s Hungriest and Poorest States Need Sustained Federal Support To Escape Cycles of Poverty and Hunger 

Washington, DC (September 18, 2018) – Seven states ranked among the top ten hungriest and poorest in the country, according to recently released U.S. government data. The states are New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, and West Virginia.

Update Top 10 Poorest States in the U.S. 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, national poverty rate was 12.3 percent or 39.7 million Americans in 2017. These states have the highest percentages of poverty in the country: Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, Arizona, and Georgia.

Update Top 10 Hungriest States in the U.S.  

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 11.8 percent of American households or 40 million people experienced hunger in 2017. These states have the highest percentages of American households who experienced hunger: New Mexico, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina and Maine.

Press Release Anti-Poverty Programs Help Lift Americans Out of Poverty 

La Comunidad hispana aún Enfrenta Mayores Tasas de Pobreza y Hambre

Washington, DC (September 14, 2018) – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) is encouraged to see the reduction in U.S. poverty and attribute this improvement to effective government programs like tax credits and food assistance. According to the latest U.S. Census Bureau report, released this week, the official poverty rate decreased from 12.7 percent in 2016 to 12.3 percent in 2017, now totaling 39.7 million people.

Letter FCNL Joins Circle of Protection Letter Urging Congress to Protect SNAP 

The Circle of Protection sent a letter to Congress urging them to pass a Farm Bill that doesn't reduce SNAP funding or the number of people who receive SNAP food assistance.

Action Alert Protect Families Struggling with Hunger 

The House and Senate are engaged in intense negotiations on a final farm bill (H.R. 2), the largest source of food assistance for millions of hungry families in our country. The biggest hurdle remains the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps).

Press Release Quaker Lobby Urges Congress to Keep Hungry Americans Top of Mind Amid Farm Bill Negotiations 

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Washington, DC (September 6, 2018) – The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) applauded the drop in the number of food insecure households but argues much more work remains to end hunger and food insecurity in the United States. Yesterday, the same day the farm bill conferees met for their first public meeting, the Department of Agriculture released its annual food security data, reporting the number of people who were food insecure in 2017.

FCNL Joins 41 Other Organizations in Letter Highlighting Priorities for Farm Bill Conference 

On August 13, FCNL joined 41 other organizations in sending a letter to Congress articulating their priorities for the upcoming Farm Bill conference.

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