How successful are non-SNAP nutrition programs?
The House Ag Committee heard from a variety of stakeholders about non-SNAP USDA nutrition programs.
Chairman David Scott said these programs work in addition to SNAP to help tackle food insecurity and positively impact farmers and ranchers.
Gary Besaw with the Tribal Department of Ag and Food Systems spoke during the hearing.
“If we had that ability to be able to decide who we purchase from using an expanded and permanent 630A funding, which really is not so much additional funding, but is replacing what AMS currently does by us deciding who those local producers are, we can grow them. If they have the capital to build their infrastructure, put in more fencing, and really grow what they do, then there’s a greater chance that they can expand and that’s what we want.”
The testimonies at this hearing will be used to improve food assistance programs for the 2023 Farm Bill.