2014 Hunger Partnership Project

Hunger Partnership Project

Gilberto Mendoza 9/2/2014

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WIC: Supporting the Health and Nutrition of Pregnant Women, Infants and Children Legisbrief, September 2014

Available in all states, 34 Indian tribal organizations and the U.S. territories, WIC served 8.6 million low-income women and children per month in 2013—more than half of all infants in the United States and more than a quarter of pregnant women. WIC provides nutrition education, supplemental food, health care referrals and breastfeeding support to low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5.

Hunger Among Older Americans, August 2014

Millions of older Americans cannot afford a healthy and active lifestyle on Social Security or pension benefits alone. Around 75 percent of seniors depend entirely, or almost entirely, on Social Security for their monthly income. The median income of men 65 and over was $27,612 in 2012 and only $16,040 for women. More than 9 percent of senior Americans were food insecure in 2012. This page highlights federal nutrition program helping seniors.

WIC Fact Sheet, August 2014

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides nutrition education, supplemental food, healthcare referrals, and breastfeeding support to low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five. 

Summer Meal Partners: What Legislators Can Do to Feed Hungry Kids, June 2014

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides meals for low income children when they are out of school. 

Revisions in the WIC Food Packages Final Rule, May 2014

The USDA “Revisions in the WIC Food Packages” final rule, published on March 4, 2014, revises the interim rule published in 2007.

"Heat and Eat" and SNAP changes in the 2014 Farm Bill, April 2014

The Farm Bill of 2014 made changes to the “Heat and Eat” provision under Title IV.

Feeding People Not Landfills: Why Reducing Food Waste Matters, August 2013

Reducing food waste in our society has significant economic, social and environmental benefits that bring a diverse array of stakeholders together. This brief highlights private-public partnerships that divert food waste from landfills, reduce resources used in food production, incentivizes food donation, and highlights opportunities that exist for legislators to play an active role in moving this effort forward. 

A Guide to the School Breakfast Program, November 2012

This two-page brief describes the federally funded school breakfast program, how it works, and its benefits for children.  School breakfast has the same eligibility criteria as school lunch, but fewer than half of lunch participants eat school breakfast.  This brief offers examples of public-private partnerships that help expand access to school breakfast and how legislators can play a role.

NCSL Legisbrief:  Public-Private Partnerships in SNAP, October 2012

The number of people in the United States who had difficulty putting food on the table has grown by more than 5 million since 2007. With one in seven households experiencing food insecurity in 2010, the situation no longer is limited to low-income Americans. Food banks across the country report seeing more seniors, families with children, veterans and active military personnel, and suburban and rural families. In the face of the slow economic recovery and high unemployment, many of these families turned to food banks for the first time.

Luckily, experts say, hunger in the United States is a solvable problem. Today, public officials, private businesses, nonprofits and concerned citizens are partnering in creative efforts to address hunger. State lawmakers play vital roles, from passing legislation to
administer and leverage funds from one of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 15 nutrition programs to promoting local gardens and food pantries.
This legisbrief provides examples of public-private partnerships that have blossomed in recent years under a common purpose: to increase the effectiveness of the federal program at the state and local levels.

How to Address Hunger in Your Community: A Checklist for State Legislators, August 2012

Hunger affects communities across the United States. One in seven households was food insecure in 2010 and as many as one in five households had difficulty affording food at some point in 2011. Yet, hunger in the United States is a solvable problem. Today public officials, private businesses and non-profits and concerned citizens around the country unite in creative efforts to address hunger in their communities. Whether it is leveraging one of the 15 federal nutrition programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or promoting a local community garden, state legislators can play an active role in eliminating hunger in their districts and beyond.
This checklist serves as guide to legislators as they seek simple, low cost ways to feed hungry families. Flip the page to see how you can begin looking at the problem, raising awareness, and fighting hunger in your community.
New Webinars

"Bringing Legislators to the Table: Addressing Hunger through Public-Private Partnerships", 2011

  • 22 profiles of innovative public-private partnerships to address hunger.
  • 22 examples of state legislation that help catalyze work to address hunger.
  • Three case studies of easy, inexpensive efforts by individual legislators to raise the visibilty of hunger.


Reducing Food Waste: Feeding the Hungry is Just One Benefit. September 20, 2013 (See the webinar here.)

This webinar is a cross-jurisdictional examination of the issues and opportunities surrounding emerging efforts by government, the private sector and non-profits to reduce food waste.  This webinar builds on the interest and strong support seen at the initial session on the topic at NCSL’s 2013 Spring Forum.


Ensuring Program Integrity and Efficiency in Nutrition Assistance Programs. June 24, 2012 (See the webinar here.)

State and federal lawmakers have been concerned about ensuring that the Supplemental Assistance Nutrition Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Woman Infants and Children (WIC) benefits go to those who are eligible.  Join NCSL Foundation’s Hunger Partnership for a webinar on combating fraud and theft in federal nutrition assistance programs. Our panel of expert speakers combine federal, business and law enforcement perspectives on how to ensure program integrity. We will hear what the USDA has done and their ongoing efforts to reduce improper payments and errors, pursue recipient fraud and combat abuse and misuse of benefits. We will hear from an EBT systems expert on the role of EBT in combating fraud and increasing accountability, and from the business community on how they are confronting the role of organized crime and how theft increases costs. What are cost-effective strategies states can use?  How cans legislators partner with the federal government, state agencies and others to combat program errors, theft and fraud? How can we aid struggling families and seniors to put food on the table and ensure that taxpayer dollars are spent appropriately?


  • Undersecretary Kevin Concannon, Food and Nutrition Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Bard Shollenberger, Vice President, State Government Solutions,  Xerox State & Local Solutions, Inc.
  • Rick Gunselman,  Security Manager, Global Corporate Security, Mead Johnson Nutrition


  • Sheri Steisel, Director of Human Services Policy, National Conference of State Legislatures

Food for Learning: Public Private Partnerships in the School Breakfast Program. June 12, 2012 (See the webinar here.)

Research shows that students who participate in school breakfast have improved attendance, test scores and decreased behavioral problems.  The webinar highlights how schools and public and private partners are providing affordable breakfast to students, and leveraging federal dollars to provide healthy breakfasts to children in their community.


  • Bill Ludwig, Regional Administrator, USDA FNS Southwest Regional Office
  • Ali Dorazio, Nutritionist, General Mills
  • Jason Reed, Director of Strategy and Corporate Partnerships, Hunger Free Minnesota


  • Sheri Steisel, Director of Human Services Policy, National Conference of State Legislatures


Q & A with Andrew Zimmern, Celebrity Chef and TV Personality, Bizzare Foods America, Travel Channel (August 2014)

Celebrity chef and TV personality Andrew Zimmern is best known for his popular series "Bizarre Foods," but he is also committed to combating hunger in America. This video interview discusses innovative partnerships such as Taste of the NFL and data-driven strategies such as Hunger-Free Minnesota, and what state legislators can bring to the table to craft local solutions to hunger challenges.

NCSL Statecast: A Conversation with the Sen. Renee Unterman (GA) and Rep. Dwight Evans on Hunger in America (August 2012)

NCSL Hunger Partnership Co-Chairs Sen. Renee Unterman (GA) and Rep. Dwight Evans (PA) discuss the work the Hunger Partnership has done to share best practices to end hunger with their colleeagues across the country.  Sen. Unterman discusses how she got involved on the issue, and Rep. Evan discusses his Pennsylvania Fresh Food Financing Initiative, that was incorporated in First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Campaign. Walmart, an NCSL Hunger Partner also discussed their findings on focus groups conducted on hunger.

Bringing Legislators to the Table: Addressing Hunger in America (August 2011)

Speakers focused on innovative public-private partnerships in feeding both traditional and new populations experiencing hunger in America. Innovative practices include increasing access to federal feeding programs such as SNAP, WIC and school-meals programs for children, families, veterans, and elderly.  The panelists also identified concrete ways that state legislators can make a difference in their roles as lawmakers and community leaders.


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