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U.S. Nutrition and the Farm Bill

The U.S. farm bill not only sets most U.S. agriculture policies, but also authorizes federal nutrition assistance programs. Far too many of our neighbors continue to struggle to buy nutritious food. One in 8 Americans, including 1 in 6 children, lives at risk of hunger.

Our nation’s federal nutrition programs keep hunger at bay for more than 40 million Americans. Congress has proposed cutting or restructuring these programs to achieve budget savings. That must not happen.

The farm bill can help put the United States on track to end food insecurity and hunger. To do so, it must be designed with strong and resilient food systems and good nutrition as its top priorities.

The House and Senate Agriculture committees are currently drafting farm bill legislation. As they do so, Congress must protect and defend federal nutrition programs against harmful structural changes and budget cuts.

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