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The Farm Bill: How One Piece of Legislation Affects Food Security Programs for All of Us

At the Chester County Food Bank, we believe that access to nutritious food is a basic human right. We are committed to ending hunger and food insecurity in our community, and a pivotal resource is the Farm Bill. So what is the Farm Bill?

Often passed every five years, The Farm Bill is a comprehensive piece of legislation that addresses a wide range of food and farm related issues. Projected to cost $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years, 80% of the bill covers nutrition assistance programs like SNAP and TEFAP.

While it may not always grab the headlines, it plays a crucial role in shaping our nation’s food and farm system and will have a profound impact on our neighbors right here in Chester County.

Key Food Security Programs at Risk
How Stigma Impacts Program Participation

While these programs are crucial, one significant obstacle we face in addressing food insecurity is the stigma that prevents eligible people from accessing government assistance . Many individuals and families who struggle to put food on the table may hesitate to seek help fearing judgment or discrimination. We want to emphasize that food insecurity can happen to anyone. It doesn’t discriminate based on age, race, or socioeconomic status.
Here are some key aspects of this stigma:

It is crucial to emphasize that food insecurity can affect anyone, regardless of their background or circumstances. Life’s unexpected challenges, such as job loss, illness, or a family crisis, can lead to a temporary need for food assistance. We must create a community that supports one another without judgment or shame.

How You Can Help

The Farm Bill and its food security programs are lifelines for many members of our community. We hope you’ll take action starting with Hunger Action Month and continue to make a lasting impact throughout the year.

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The Chester County Food Bank is the central hunger relief organization serving more than 160 food cupboards, meal sites, and social service organizations throughout Chester County. We mobilize our community to ensure access to real, healthy food.