July 26, 2023

USCCB Urges Congress to Maintain Critical Food Security Programs in the Farm Bill

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is asking Catholics to contact their U.S. representatives to urge them to ensure protection and funding of key food security programs in the 2023 Farm Bill.

There are 670 million people experiencing hunger worldwide. In the U.S., there are more than 34 million people—including 9 million children—experiencing hunger. As Congress writes the 2023 Farm Bill this summer, urge them to include these programs:

  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). These domestic programs help Americans experiencing hunger and poverty. SNAP helps feed people living below the poverty line, while the TEFAP and CSFP programs provide critical support to food pantries and elderly Americans. Congress should work to strengthen and expand access to these programs.

  • Food for Peace, McGovern-Dole Food for Education, Food for Progress, and Farmer-to-Farmer. These international programs keep famine at bay, improve the lives and livelihoods of chronically food-insecure communities, help school children excel in their studies, and leverage the expertise of American farming volunteers to improve food security. Please also increase local and regional procurement within McGovern-Dole and enhance flexibility in Food for Peace for non-emergency activities.

Support for these food security programs in the Farm Bill is essential to prevent and end hunger for millions of people here in the United States and around the world. Please read this recent letter to learn more about the USCCB’s advocacy on the Farm Bill, alongside Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Rural Life, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Advocacy is ongoing in support of these programs, and the USCCB invites you to include your thoughts and personal experience. To contact your representatives, please click below:

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Thank you for using your voice to feed the hungry at home and abroad.

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