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FOOD IS A HUMAN RIGHT

As a nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating hunger in the Inland Empire, we believe every child, family, senior, and neighbor deserves equal and affordable access to healthy, nutritious food. To truly end hunger, our community must come together to address the root causes of the economic and social structures within the Inland Empire region. Based on these beliefs, our food bank is committed to advocating for change in our food systems by working with every level of government officials to alleviate food insecurity in the Inland Empire. When our community steps up to advocate and volunteer, our voices amplify and inspire action.

CHILD NUTRITION RECERTIFICATION (CNR)

In 2010, The Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) launched as a five-year termed authorization per national child nutrition programs, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and additional programs that aided federal school meal programs. While most programs are federally authorized, USDA waivers for school meal programs will expire on June 30th, 2022. Suppose the Child Nutrition Reauthorization will not be approved for another five-year term; in that case, children across California will likely lose access to universal school lunches. Additional consequences may include food-insecure families facing another year of steep inflation rates alongside struggling programs. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  • Tell your lawmakers: Passing CNR helps fewer kids have empty tummies. We can end child hunger in the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization process.  

LATEST LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

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SENATE BILL (SB)1383

California's Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction law aims to reduce organic waste disposal and global warming gasses. As of January 1st, 2022 Tier 1 food generators must donate the maximum amount of excess edible food they would otherwise dispose to food recovery organizations such as FARSB. 

Tier 1 Includes:

  • Wholesale food vendors

  • Food distributors

  • Food Service providers

  • Grocery stores or supermarkets

If your organization or business qualifies as a Commercial Edible Food Generator, FARSB can step in to ensure your surplus food donations can go directly to those in need and eliminate food waste. 

 FARSB ADVOCACY BLOG

SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)

6 MYTHS ABOUT THE

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"IF I APPLY FOR SNAP, I'M TAKING AWAY RESOURCES FROM THOSE WHO NEED IT MORE."

The SNAP budget is flexible and underused, and a neighbor's hunger does not diminish your own. Only 7 in 10 Californians who are eligible for SNAP are enrolled. California has one of the lowest rates of SNAP participation. When enrollment increases, so does federal attention to nutrition programs which may result in additional support for aid.

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"SNAP PARTICIPATION LOOKS BAD AND/OR CAN AFFECT CITIZENSHIP ."

SNAP is confidential and does not impact green card status or eligibility for citizenship. Participating in SNAP is not included in the public charge test and cannot affect the immigration process. As of March 9, 2021, the Public Charge Rule was removed, so SNAP has no relationship with immigration.

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"ONLY PEOPLE WHO ARE UNEMPLOYED CAN QUALIFY FOR SNAP"

Most SNAP participating households include at least one working adult, but even those working full time are not immune to food inflation. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 4 in 5 SNAP participants are either employed (many of whom serve in the US military) or unable to work (this can include children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities).

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"THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS NOT WORTH IT."

To complete an application can take a minimum of 10 minutes; however the application process may take up to 30 days. Applications are currently available in 18 languages.

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"NUTRITION PROGRAMS DRAIN TAXPAYERS"

As of 2020, SNAP only constitutes 1.3% of the federal budget and by extension, only takes up a fraction of what taxpayers pay. With this 1.3%, SNAP positively impacts our economy as every $1 invested into SNAP generates $1.67 in economic activity. When you spend SNAP benefits, you support local businesses and help create new jobs.

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"IT IS EMBARRASING TO DEPEND ON FOOD STAMPS."

Food is a human right. SNAP provides and automatically loads funds onto the recipient's debit card, which may alleviate any unwanted conversations or pressures at check-out. While we believe the discussion and acceptance of SNAP should be vocal, your individual experience with SNAP is based on your terms.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT

​The fight against hunger is stronger with you in it. By advocating, you are playing a critical role in ensuring that our community can be food secure indefinitely. Explore how you can be involved:

FARM BILL

The legislative 5-year term Farm Bill, signed into law in 2018, is expected to be evaluated for renewal in 2023. The Farm Bill authorizes  most federal policies governing food, such as crop insurance, environmental efforts, sustainable agriculture, and healthy food. These policies ensure access for low-income families through programs such as SNAP - our country's critical Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. 

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Make your voice heard, and contact your elected official to keep government nutrition programs available and support anti-hunger legislation. Call Feeding America’s toll free number, and you will be connected to your elected official.  Dial the toll free number, (888) 398-8702 and listen to the   pre-recorded message. You will be asked to enter your zip code.   Once you are connected to your first Member of Congress, state that you are a constituent and give your name and the town you are calling from.

Access our latest legislature pre-written script

VOLUNTEER ADVOCACY

CONTACT CONGRESS

When we dispel misconceptions about government nutrition programs, we can enable more Californians to close the SNAP gap. Qualified neighbors throughout the Inland Empire are less likely to request assistance due to fears of immigration status or minimizing their hunger.

When you access the latest news on our government nutrition programs, you can pass along the knowledge that can immediately change a person's life. 

Find out how you can fight the hunger stigma

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