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Hunger in America: Issues and Assistance
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Editors: Gaston T. LaBue
Book Description:
The nutrition title of the omnibus 2008 “farm bill” is the focus of legislation affecting domestic food assistance programs in the 110th Congress. The program areas that are addressed include the regular Food Stamp program, programs operating in lieu of food stamps (e.g., Puerto Rico, Indian reservations), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Community Food Projects, the Seniors Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, initiatives to provide fresh fruit and vegetable in schools, and newly proposed nutrition and health promotion or support projects. Other nutrition programs (child nutrition and WIC programs) have not been a major part of the active legislative debate, although a number of bills noted in this new book address them, and some legislative changes affecting them are part of appropriations law and the farm bill.

The 2008 farm bill has been enacted as P.L. 110-246. The nutrition title of this law has a projected new cost of about $3 billion over the next 5 years (FY2008- FY2012) and well over $9 billion over the next 10 years (FY2008-FY2017). The major share of this spending is due to changes in food stamp rules — increasing benefits and loosening eligibility standards — and expansion of support for TEFAP and fresh fruit and vegetable initiatives.

The most significant substantive nutrition program issues that were raised in the farm bill debate were those surrounding the Food Stamp program and support for fruit and vegetable programs, particularly how much to add in new spending. Despite cost differences, the House and Senate bills were very similar in the policy changes they proposed. Their nutrition titles (Title IV) renamed the Food Stamp program, increased program benefits, and loosened some eligibility rules. They
increased spending for TEFAP, added support for the fresh fruit and vegetable program, and allowed exercise of geographic preference when procuring food for child nutrition programs. However, they differed in some policy aspects. The House proposed substantial limits on states’ ability to “privatize” their administration of food stamps (not adopted in the final measure). And the Senate’s bill included a
number of initiatives not covered in the House (only some of which were incorporated in the final law) relating to food stamp eligibility for able-bodied adults without dependents, eased access to the Food Stamp program, support for farmers’ markets, projects to promote health and nutrition through the Food Stamp program, and dietary supplements.

A lingering issue involves the response of food assistance programs to recent, relatively rapid, food price inflation, although no legislation has been introduced in this regard.

Table of Contents:

The Effects of Hunger and Food Insecurity in America, Subcommitted to: Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry, U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, pp. 1-6
(James D. Weill, Food Research and Action Center, Washington, DC)

Domestic Food Assistance: The Farm Bill and Other Legislation in the 110th Congress, pp. 7-65
(Joe Richardson)

Charitable Contributions of Food Inventory: Proposals for Change, pp. 67-79
(Pamela J. Jackson)

Food Stamp Program: Use of Alternative Methods to Apply for and Maintain Benefits Could Be Enhanced by Additional Evaluation and Information on Promising Practices, pp. 81-117

Testimony for the Committee on Agriculture's Sub-Committee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry, On the Short and Long Term Effects of Hunger in America, pp. 119-124
(George Manalo-LeClair, California Food Policy Advocates)

Statement of Mark Nord, Before the Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry, July 23, 2008, Hearing on the Short and Long Term Impacts of Hunger, pp. 125-131

Testimony Before the Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry, United States House of Representatives, Hearing: The Short and Long Term Effects of Hunger in America, July 23, 2008, pp. 133-138
(Statement of Diana Cutts, Hennepin Country, Medical Center, Univ. of Minnesota, Children's Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program (C-SNAP)

Testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry, pp. 139-142
(Larry Brown, Harvard Univ., School of Public Health)


      Hunger and Poverty: Causes, Impacts and Eradication
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2009
   ISBN: 978-1-60692-803-5
   Status: AV
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