Take a Stand Against Hunger
A strong nutrition safety net is essential to a future where no one goes hungry. We advocate for policies that protect individuals and families from hunger. Raise your voice and let your elected officials know that you support hunger-relief programs.
Our Policy Priorities
The Food Depository mobilizes the public to help end hunger. At the federal, state, and local level, our policy priorities include:
- Maintaining and strengthening hunger relief programs for individuals and families
- Increasing the amount of healthy food that is available and affordable to all
- Ensuring that healthy meals are available in schools for children in need
Our Advocacy Success Stories
Thanks to the combined efforts of our advocates, we have advanced policies that support food access for all. Here are a few recent highlights of our advocacy.
- The Breakfast After the Bell law took effect in the 2017-2018 school year: Schools in which 70 percent or more of the student population is eligible for free or reduced-price meals are required to offer Breakfast After the Bell. The law makes breakfast part of the school day in 890 schools across the state, increasing access to the nutrition all students require each morning to learn and succeed in the classroom. Read about the impact of Breakfast After the Bell in one local school.
- Successfully secured a waiver of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) time limit for calendar year 2018: The SNAP time limit waiver protects access to SNAP benefits for more than 260,000 Illinoisans by waiving a federal requirement that would result in many only being able to receive SNAP benefits for 3 months in a 3-year period. Learn more about the importance of this waiver.
- The Illinois State Senate adopted the Child Anti-Hunger Resolution (SR 492): The resolution calls for legislators to encourage schools to offer Breakfast After the Bell, ensure that children have access to summer meals and oppose cuts in the federal budget to food and nutrition programs. See the full text of the resolution.
Take Action to Protect Anti-Hunger Programs
Statements on the 2018 Farm Bill
On June 28, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan Farm Bill that protects SNAP and other federal nutrition programs and represents a stark improvement over the House version. The next step is for the bill to go to conference committee, where differences between the two bills will be negotiated. We urge lawmakers to follow the lead of the Senate and ensure the conference bill protects vital access to nutrition assistance.
On June 21, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives Farm Bill (H.R. 2) narrowly passed, following a previous failed vote on the bill. This vote represents hurtful cuts and structural damage to SNAP, our nation’s most effective hunger relief program.