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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.

Statement FCNL Submits Comment Opposing Citizenship Question in 2020 Census 

The Trump Administration has been seeking to add a question to the 2020 Census that would ask respondents to indicate whether they are a citizen of the United States or not. The proposed rule would go through the Department of Commerce, and would change how the Census intakes information.

Advocacy Resource DHN Releases Pivot Planning Document on Poverty in U.S. 

Poverty still remains a prevalent issue in the U.S., particularly for communities of color. Millions of people remain far from their potential, often living on incomes too low to afford the basics, even if they work.

Legislative Ask Pass A Farm Bill Modeled After the Senate Bill That Will Protect and Strengthen SNAP 

The House and Senate have each passed their own, starkly different, versions of a farm bill (H.R. 2). The bill now moves to conference as legislators negotiate a final bill. The consequences for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) could be huge and devastating.

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