Summary

1/4/2013--Introduced. Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2013 - Amends the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (formerly known as the Food Stamp Act of 1977) to replace current Supplemental... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 4, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Bill Text

A BILL

To amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide greater access to the supplemental nutrition assistance program by reducing duplicative and burdensome administrative requirements, authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to award grants to certain community-based nonprofit feeding and anti-hunger groups for the purpose of establishing and implementing a Beyond the Soup Kitchen Pilot Program for certain socially and economically disadvantaged populations, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

The Congress finds the following: (1) In 2009 the number of Americans facing hunger or food insecurity was 50,200,000, and 17,200,000 children lived in these households. (2) According to the United States Department of Agriculture, as of January 2010 more than 40,000,000 people participate in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). In 2009 on a monthly average, 33,700,000 people participated in this program, 11 percent of the United States population. SNAP, WIC, and the NSLP are the largest nutrition assistance programs and provided nutrition assistance to 57 percent of the food insecure households. (3) Administrative burdens involved in securing supplemental nutrition assistance benefits are particularly burdensome for working families. (4) In 2009 more than 16,200,000 people in the United States, of whom 5,700,000 were children, were forced to rely on soup kitchens, food pantries, and other charitable feeding programs. (5) The charitable food distribution...

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I support H.R. 208: Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2013 because no one should go hungry in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The sad reality is that CHILDREN are the ones who most suffer from a lack of food. Malnutrition in the first year of life is IRREVERSIBLE. We can never make that deficit up. As a society, we end up paying for it in other ways. It just makes economic sense to take care of children's health needs.

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Anonymous559177
MA-8
1 year ago

I support H.R. 208: Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2013 because...which is better to just give food or additionally teach them to grow it?

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NC
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fox51599
NC-4
1 year ago

I support H.R. 208: Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2013 because...the entire total amount of food stamps SNAP I receive each month is only $38.00 a month. There is no way I can possably live on $38.00 worth of food. The nearest food bank is about 15 miles from me. That might as well be the ends of the Earth, because of my dissabalities, I am not allowed to drive, and do not own a car. People in my situation need more food stamps just to survive. I am 63 years old and 100% dissabled, and feel that I am being punished just for living this long.

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OK
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starfish50
OK-4
1 year ago

I support H.R. 208: Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2013 because... listen to the last minute and a half or so. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SlrKW7fh_Bo

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OH
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AmendmentRights
OH-13
1 year ago

I support H.R. 208: Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2013 because...there are too many families in my community who are working, and still can't earn enough to feed themselves and their children. Our city gives as much as it possibly can to help our hungry, but it is not enough. Please expand programs to feed the people who had so much faith in your leadership.

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WI
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mom<3
WI-1
2 years ago

I support H.R. 208: Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2013 because...In Texas 25% of the children are categorized as "Food Insecure". That means they don't know when they may get their next meal. Or in other words hungry/starving children. I support any bill that may help feeding Americas children.

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TX
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Captain_C
TX-31
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 208: Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2013. We can't afford the programs we have now are you seriously considering adding more? For heavens sake stop already! First, why don't you guys, used generically with no connotation of gender/sex implied, pass a budget and then, I'm going out on a limb here, stick with it. You will find that the American public is much more generous when they get to pick charities that actually work, as opposed to being held at proverbial gun point by the IRS to fund a governmental leviathan. The government wastes more money on a box of staples than it would cost a church to feed a family of four their breakfast. Stick to the Constitution. There is a reason this country did so well throughout it's history and although it may crush you to hear it, it is not because of governmental posterior wiping.

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CA
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wbabigian
CA-7
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 208: Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2013 because this bill is too long (after about 7 pages, it is too easy to hide things), it is impossible to legislate hunger and poverty away, and this appears to be yet another government welfare program. Private charities will always help more people than a government program will because they spend money more efficiently.

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OK
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bradley_pesicka
OK-3
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 208: Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2013 because...we can't afford the programs we have now are you seriously considering adding more? For heavens sake stop already! First, why don't you guys, used generically with no connotation of gender/sex implied, pass a budget and then, I'm going out on a limb here, stick with it. You will find that the American public is much more generous when they get to pick charities that actually work, as opposed to being held at proverbial gun point by the IRS to fund a governmental leviathan. The government wastes more money on a box of staples than it would cost a church to feed a family of four their breakfast. Stick to the Constitution. There is a reason this country did so well throughout it's history and although it may crush you to hear it, it is not because of governmental posterior wiping.

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NY
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bridgewaterjones9
NY-22
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 208: Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2013 because...stop wasting money

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MI
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ekruger7147
MI-8
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 208: Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2013 because... Want to REALLY end hunger? give families a 1/4 acre of government land and some rabbits chickens and seeds... MUCH CHEAPER... AND more effective...

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CA
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someplaceicangetmail
CA-2
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 208: Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2013 because...this is just another way to continue to support illegal immigrants and their families. There are a lot of big businesses out there who claim not for profit status - let them fund these programs.

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VA
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bernie1
VA-9
2 years ago

Bill Summary


1/4/2013--Introduced.
Anti-hunger Empowerment Act of 2013 - Amends the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 (formerly known as the Food Stamp Act of 1977) to replace current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) administrative cost provisions with provisions authorizing 75% reimbursement for specified state activities to increase program access. States that fingerprinting shall not be required for program participation. Beyond the Soup Kitchen Grants Program Act of 2013 - Directs the Secretary of Agriculture (USDA) to establish a Beyond the Soup Kitchen pilot program to provide grants: (1) to a primary community-based nonprofit feeding and anti-hunger group in each designated pilot community to allocate subgrants to other nonprofit feeding and anti-hunger groups in such community, and (2) for technical assistance grants.

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