Farm Bill

The Farm Bill helps give children access to nutritious food – here at home and around the world

We’re currently facing the worst hunger crisis in a century. Over 9 million kids in the US are facing hunger and nearly 8 million children are at risk of death from severe malnutrition globally.

The Farm Bill, our nation’s largest package of anti-hunger legislation and our greatest defense against hunger crises is expiring this year!

Its programs fund nutrition assistance SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) – support farmers addressing the impacts of climate change and help families in the US and around the world build resilience to chronic challenges and sudden crises.

The Basics

What does the Farm Bill do?

42 million people nationwide use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and about half of them are children. SNAP is the first line of defense for hungry families, including in rural America.

SNAP benefits average $6 a day per person. Most families run out of SNAP benefits before the end of the month.

Children who receive SNAP have better short and long term behavioral and school performance.

For every $1 spent on SNAP, about $1.50 goes back into local economies.

Families living in rural communities may have to travel long distances to SNAP state agencies to enroll. Families should be able to enroll via phone.

Families should have more choice in what they purchase because they know what their children will eat and to respect dietary needs and religious observance.

US international food aid programs save lives during humanitarian emergencies and strengthen communities’ long term resilience helping people manage chronic challenges and bounce back from sudden crises. These programs ensure they eat today and feed themselves in the future.

By investing in things like basic farming equipment, small agricultural loans, and water management training, we’re proactively preventing future hunger crises and saving millions of lives.


Every $1 invested in resilience-building saves $3 in humanitarian response – a particularly high return on investment. If we invest in resilience today, we’ll need less food aid later.

What we’re asking Congress to do


  • With increasing food prices, we must at least maintain current SNAP benefit levels
  • SNAP recipients should be able to choose what food they wish to purchase. Parents should be able to continue choosing culturally appropriate food they know their kids will eat
  • Families should be able to enroll in SNAP by telephone



  • At a time when far too many people around the world are hungry, we support renewing US international food aid programs authorized in the Farm Bill
  • With just a few small tweaks, Congress can make these programs even stronger and ensure we get the maximum value from every dollar spent with these ABC’s:
    • Assist communities to feed themselves and be self-reliant
    • Break the cycle of food aid dependence by building resilient communities
    • Continue food aid in emergencies

We’re fed up with child hunger: Take Action

Get Fed Up is a movement to finally end childhood hunger. We’re leading the fight against food insecurity with a campaign to raise awareness and inspire lasting change – and we need your support.

Get Fed Up and Get Involved. Together, we can create a world without hunger.

Polling information

Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) commissioned a poll from the bipartisan team of Hart Research and New Bridge Strategy to assess voter’ level of support for strengthening and expanding SNAP.  

  • Voters are adamant the SNAP benefits are too low and should be increased.
  • Members of Congress who vote to cut SNAP benefits risk provoking negative feelings from the voting public including key elements of the GOP base.

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