Policy Priorities

Iowa Hunger Coalition membership has set the following policy priorities for the 2024 state of Iowa legislative session:

Improve the effectiveness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • Reduce barriers to apply and recertify for SNAP benefits, including repealing the asset test
  • Expand SNAP income eligibility to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)
  • Invest in the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program to incentivize the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables by SNAP participants
  • Establish a $50 minimum benefit for SNAP in Iowa
  • Invest in outreach strategies to increase SNAP enrollment and retainment, especially among older adults, non-native English speakers, and other vulnerable populations

Provide Healthy School Meals for All

  • Provide free breakfast and lunch to all students at schools participating in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs in the state of Iowa
  • Invest in the Local Food for Schools Cooperative Agreement (LFS) program to incentivize local food purchases by schools
  • Ensure Iowa’s participation in the Summer EBT program

Invest in Iowa’s Local and Regional Food System Infrastructure

  • Invest in the Local Food Purchasing Assistance program (LFPA) to incentivize local purchases by food banks, food pantries, and other anti-hunger programs
  • Incentivize local food purchases by early child care centers and senior nutrition programs
  • Invest in cost-sharing for local food coordinators and value chain coordinators
  • Invest in fruit and vegetable processing infrastructure

Divert Wholesome Food from Landfills to People Facing Hunger

  • Make it easier to donate food in Iowa by reviewing the Farm to Food Bank Donation Tax Credit and other laws that may create needless regulations in donating wholesome food
  • Provide public education on the impact of food waste and recovery efforts

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