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The Farm Bill is federal legislation that sets policy and funding structure for most federal agriculture and nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and SNAP-Ed. The legislation also includes programs that incentivize healthy food purchasing, emergency feeding programs and commodity nutrition programs for seniors. The Farm Bill is reauthorized by Congress every five years. It was most recently authorized in 2014 and expires September 30, 2018. Congress is currently working on the 2018 Farm Bill.

Share Our Strength will be working to protect and strengthen SNAP and SNAP-Ed through the 2018 Farm Bill. SNAP is our largest and most powerful anti-hunger program. Forty-five million Americans, half of them children, rely on the monthly benefits this program provides. Though SNAP is administered at the state level and states have the ability to adjust certain policies, the overall structure and funding levels for SNAP are set by the federal government. SNAP-Ed is the nutrition education and obesity prevention component of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It helps low-income Americans make healthy food choices on a budget. Working through local and state-based organizations, SNAP-Ed funded programs offer evidence-based nutrition education resources including grocery store tours, cooking classes and educational materials.

SNAP State One-Pagers

SNAP is a powerful tool for ending childhood hunger in the United States today. States play a critical role in making sure the program reaches kids in need.

SNAP helps to end hunger, making sure kid in low-income families get the food they need. It also has a major impact on a child’s ability to grow up healthier, smarter, stronger, more likely to break the cycle of poverty.

SNAP helps to end poverty. SNAP benefits make the difference between living in poverty or not for an estimated 2.1 kids each year.

SNAP promotes better education. Low-income kids who received SNAP benefits were 18% more likely to graduate from high school than low-income kids who didn’t.

SNAP promotes better physical health. SNAP benefits are also linked to a lower risk of anemia, lower levels of obesity, fewer doctor visits and fewer hospitalizations.

Please use the resources below to understand the impact SNAP has in your state and country.

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Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia
Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland
Massachusetts   Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri
Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire   New Jersey
New Mexico New York North Carolina   North Dakota Ohio
Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina  
South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont
Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

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SNAP

Voters Widely Support SNAP, Oppose Cuts

This resource provides public survey results on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that demonstrates SNAP has a broad, bipartisan support, and voters overwhelmingly support funding to the program and oppose cuts.

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2018 Farm Bill Priorities

Learn about Share Our Strength's policy reccomendations to the 2018 Farm Bill to help end childhood hunger.

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SNAP

Block Grants and SNAP

Understand why block granting SNAP would weaken the most effective and powerful tool for ending childhood hunger.

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SNAP

SNAP and Kids

A summary of how SNAP affects kids.

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How Does SNAP Work?

This resource provides a brief overview of SNAP.

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SNAP Works

Real stories of how SNAP is helping American families.'

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2018-2019 State-Level Policy and Legislative Trends

Through state legislation or district policy changes, states and localities have taken a variety of steps to increase participation in school breakfast.

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