As we approach the holiday season, we are reminded of the traditions that bring us together to share meals. It’s a season to cook, give back, and share from your own table to make sure neighbors have the food they need.
It’s in this spirit that we are writing to give you an update on the federal Farm Bill, a hugely important bill that comes up every five years and offers a chance for Congress to update our food system policies including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
This week, Congress passed what is called a continuing resolution (CR) that extends the existing 2018 Farm Bill law past its original 5 years. The CR extends the bill through the end of September 2024. This means we can use the new year to continue telling our Members of Congress how crucial it is to protect SNAP in the future.
Actual timing of when the Farm Bill will come up in 2024 is up in the air! We will monitor progress and continue to share any updates on this and any other bill that might impact SNAP or food programs at the federal level.
Appleseed’s priorities for the Farm Bill remain the same. We want a stronger, not weaker, SNAP program that responds to the needs of our communities and supports everyone in it. Specifically, we want to end the lifetime SNAP ban for people with drug felony convictions nationwide (which has bipartisan support) and maintain the USDA’s ability to adjust benefits based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, among other things.
Thanks for all your support for food access in Nebraska and for making the most of this season!