Washington, DC – As House and Senate negotiators reportedly are nearing a deal on the farm bill this week, some 400 Quakers and friends lobbied hard to ensure that the final bill includes strong protections for the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Food Program (SNAP or food stamps).
Today I am joining more than 400 Quakers and friends on Capitol Hill. Each of us will be meeting with our legislators and their staff, and urging them to preserve SNAP, America’s most effective anti-hunger program. At stake is whether Congress will take food assistance away from people struggling to find work.
There’s a disturbing news story circulating in Washington this week. According to Politico news, President Trump and Vice President Pence are preparing to launch an all-out attack on the bipartisan Senate farm bill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.