Policy Efforts

The Iowa Food Bank Association' Policy Priorities

IFBA believes partnerships are critical to alleviating hunger. We track state and federal policy and lead advocacy efforts for our six partner Feeding America Food Banks. We focus on policies that make us more efficient and effective in serving the more than 229,500 adults, children, and seniors facing hunger in Iowa.

Federal Priorities

IFBA and our member food banks work closely with Feeding America to track federal nutrition programs, but the following will always be priorities.

The Farm Bill is a package of legislation that covers agricultural and nutrition policy and rural development programs. It is reviewed every five years and includes two vital anti-hunger programs, TEFAP and SNAP.

Child Nutrition Programs are a priority because one in eight children struggle to know where their next meal will come from. This impacts health and education. In fact, children consume up to 50 percent of their total daily calories at school, but when summer begins, 83 percent of children eligible for summer meals do not participate.  IFBA advocates to elected officials to ensure the following programs are adequate funded and easily accessible:

  • School Breakfast Program (SBP)
  • National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
  • Summer and afterschool nutrition programs, such as the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

State Priorities

Defend Iowan’s Access to SNAP

State Appropriations for Local Food Purchasing

 

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If you want to learn more about the anti-hunger policy issues and how to advocate to end hunger in Iowa, you can visit these sites:

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