SNAP Bits from FRAC

SNAP Participation Takes Small Drop in January 2013. SNAP national participation in January 2013 decreased by 19,948 people over the month to 47,772,108 people—1.3 million persons higher than in January 2012. USDA Secretary Battles Attacks on SNAP/Food Stamps. Speaking at an event, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said the SNAP/Food Stamp Program and other federal nutrition…

President Obama’s FY2014 Budget Supports Nutrition Programs

With nearly one in five Americans saying they struggle to afford enough food for their households, President Barack Obama’s FY2014 budget, released last week, protects and proposes to further strengthen federal nutrition programs. “President Obama’s budget recognizes the crucial role the federal nutrition programs play in helping low-income people afford and access healthy food. By…

Senators Urge FDA to Restrict Electronic Cigarettes

Calling electronic cigarettes a possible pathway to traditional cigarettes and other tobacco products, five U.S. senators are calling on the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to issue “deeming regulations” asserting regulatory authority over tobacco products such as cigars, pipe tobacco, e-cigarettes, and dissolvable tobacco products—and to restrict the sale, distribution, and marketing of e-cigarettes…

News Bulletins from FRAC

Rep. DeLauro Speaks Out for Strong Safety Net in Farm BillU.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) has urged her colleagues working on the Farm Bill to stop looking to the SNAP/Food Stamp Program for cuts in their deficit reduction strategies. “We simply should not be reducing our efforts to prevent hunger here at home while so…