By Ann Morse
Back by popular demand, NCSL is releasing a third edition of “Bringing Legislators to the Table: Addressing Hunger through Public-Private Partnerships."
Written by Chesterfield Polkey, the Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellow, with contributions from NCSL's Ann Morse, the report highlights 17 innovative partnerships to address hunger and nutrition.
Anti-hunger programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program can help lower rates of food insecurity, diabetes and other diseases by ensuring healthier diets and fewer hungry children. Examples from each program are highlighted throughout the report.
The five areas of partnerships include: SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), child nutrition, access to healthy food and distribution of food, as well as bilingual and multicultural models that address hunger and nutrition.
Each program profile includes information about the problem(s) the program seeks to address, how the program works, who benefits, the names of major partners and funding sources and program results.
The report also showcases 16 enacted laws that target hunger and poverty around the country. These pieces of legislation demonstrate how state legislators are acting and working with local organizations to produce effective results.
Members of NCSL’s Hunger Partnership, including state legislators and staff, corporate partners and nonprofit advisers, helped identify states with promising programs and campaigns, demonstrating that, together, we can solve hunger.
Ann Morse is federal affairs counsel for NCSL’s Immigrant Policy Project.