Iowa Hunger Coalition membership has set the following policy priorities for the 2022 legislative session:
Protect Iowans’ ability to put food on the table
Reject barriers that take food away from Iowans, including work reporting requirements and ongoing, repeated eligibility verification checks.
Make sure Iowans can access the help they need
Ensure access to robust benefits through our safety net programs and promote solutions to simplify application and re-enrollment processes.
Address root causes of hunger and food insecurity
Enhance access to quality, affordable housing, utilities, transportation, child care and health care.
Boost SNAP purchasing power while increasing access to fresh produce
Invest in Iowa’s Double Up Food Bucks program, which doubles the value of SNAP dollars spent on fresh fruits and vegetables.
Divert food from Iowa’s landfills to people facing hunger
Create incentives to increase donations of wholesome foods from farmers and businesses to food banks, pantries, and anti-hunger organizations.
Promote the purchase and distribution of locally grown fresh produce
Connect young Iowans with locally grown fruits and vegetables through the Farm to School Program.