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Strengthening Food Security: Congresswoman Houlahan’s Visit to Chester County Food Bank Puts TEFAP and SNAP in the Spotlight

Chester County Food Bank recently hosted Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan for a tour and a discussion about the Farm Bill, specifically focusing on The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. The visit was an opportunity for us to highlight the critical role of these programs in our mission to combat food insecurity and to demonstrate how these programs impact our ability to serve our neighbors in Chester County.

Following the tour, a round table discussion took place where we shared the importance of the Farm Bill. During the discussion, we emphasized the significance of the Farm Bill in shaping food policies that have a direct impact on our neighbors in Chester County. For example, TEFAP is crucial for the food bank and has been a lifeline for many families in Chester County. It enables us to acquire nutritious food and distribute it to those in need. However, we also highlighted the importance of increased funding to better serve our community’s growing needs.

SNAP, another critical program in the Farm Bill, was also a focal point of the conversation. We shared how SNAP is a vital safety net, ensuring families facing economic hardships can access essential food support. In Pennsylvania, over 50% of neighbors receiving SNAP are children and seniors.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to Congresswoman Houlahan for her visit and her dedication to understanding how TEFAP and SNAP impact our ability to fulfill our mission. Together, let us continue the fight against food insecurity, supporting programs like TEFAP and SNAP that bring us closer to a more food-secure community.