Following months of debate and compromise, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan Farm Bill, with a vote of 369-47 following an 87-13 affirmative vote in the Senate. This bicameral bill reinvests in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and protects the Supplemental Food Assistance Program (SNAP) amongst other vital nutrition programs.
In Louisiana, over 783,000 individuals face food insecurity, with more than 270,000 Louisiana households currently utilizing SNAP to supplement their monthly grocery budgets. With such a large need, Feeding Louisiana member food banks recognize SNAP as a critical program in better supporting Louisianans in need - for every meal provided by the Feeding Louisiana network, SNAP provides 12. We applaud efforts on both side of the aisle to push back against proposed cuts to SNAP and other vital nutrition programs which are instrumental resources for the most vulnerable in our communities including children, seniors, and veterans.
“The Farm Bill is a critical piece of legislation in the fight against hunger here in Louisiana and across the country. Vital safety net programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) help hundreds of thousands of low-income Louisianans to put food on the table for themselves and their families. We are pleased to see Congress come to a resolution that protects these programs, avoids harmful cuts that threaten families’ access to nutrition, and advances the fight against hunger in our state and nation,” said Korey Patty, Executive Director of Feeding Louisiana.
Feeding Louisiana commends the hard work of bipartisan leaders in Congress on passing a Farm Bill that protects SNAP, TEFAP, and other vital programs that help food insecure families, children, seniors, and veterans keep food on their plates
Feeding Louisiana provides a unified voice for Louisiana's hungry by providing short-term food relief while seeking long-term solutions to hunger through advocacy, education, and leadership. Feeding Louisiana is made up of the five Feeding America member food banks in Louisiana, serving all 64 parishes through a network of more than 900 community and faith-based organizations.