Nutrition and Food Security

Since our founding, the Coalition has advocated that hunger is a health issue, as myriad studies repeatedly show that nutrition-insecure households face higher incidences of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease and consistently have more emergency room visits, hospital admissions and total days in the hospital. Additionally, the cost of hunger to the healthcare industry alone is $53 billion annually, placing an ever-widening burden on our nation’s hospitals, health systems, federally qualified health centers, non-clinical community-based service organizations and citizens. TRCC highlights policies that address the far-reaching human and financial costs of hunger and ensure nutrition security for every family. 

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White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger and Health Act

H.R. 5427 - Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA)

  • Introduced on 10/26/21

  • 22 Co-Sponsors as of 5/18/22

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S. 3064 - Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)

  • Introduced on 10/26/21

  • 1 Co-Sponsor as of 5/18/22

Description

  • This bill would convene a second National White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger, and Health which would bring together experts and advocates to work collaboratively on policy and systemic changes needed to address food and nutrition insecurity, poverty, and systemic racism 

  • The first such Conference occurred more than 50 years ago, culminating in the creation and expansion of programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program

Status

  • The bills are still under consideration in the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

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Closing the Meal Gap Act

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H.R. 4077 - Representative Alma Adams (D-NC)

  • Introduced on 6/23/21

  • 99 Co-Sponsors as of 5/18/22

S. 2192 - Senator Kristen Gillibrand  (D-NY)

  • Introduced on 6/23/21

  • 4 Co-Sponsors as of 5/18/22

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Healthy Food Access for All Americans Act

H.R. 1313 - Representative Tim Ryan (D-OH)

  • Introduced on 2/24/21

  • 21 Co-Sponsors as of 5/18/22

S. 203- Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)

  • Introduced on 2/3/21

  • 4 Co-Sponsors as of 5/18/22

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Description

The bill would: 

  • Change the formula that determines Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to better account for real costs and need, increasing the baseline of SNAP benefits by about 30 percent

  • Eliminate time limits on benefits as well as the cap on the Excess Shelter Deduction in the SNAP formula to consider the cost of living when calculating benefits

  • Permanently authorize a minimum standard medical deduction in areas with higher costs of living in every state for seniors and disabled individuals applying for benefits

  • Eliminate time-limits on benefits for all Americans and would extend SNAP benefits to US territories, Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the Northern Mariana Islands

Status

  • The bills are still under consideration in the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations and the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry

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Description

The bill would: 

  • Establish a system of tax credits and grants to expand access to healthy foods in underserved communities. To be eligible, food providers who service low-access communities would first need to be certified as Special Access Food Providers (SAFPs) by the U.S. Treasury 

  • Provide tax credits and grants to SAFPs for the construction or renovation of grocery stores or food banks in food deserts, as well as operating costs for temporary access merchants, such as mobile markets and farmers markets

Status

  • The bills are still under consideration in the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations and the Senate Committee on Finance

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H.R. 3783 - Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA)

  • Introduced on 6/8/21

  • 91 Co-Sponsors as of 5/18/22

S. 2013- Senator Robert Casey (D-PA)

  • Introduced on 6/10/21

  • 21 Co-Sponsors as of 5/18/22

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Medical Nutrition Equity Act

Description

The bill would: 

  • Require private insurance and public health programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), to provide coverage for medically necessary nutrition when it is needed to prevent severe disability and death

  • Address the disproportionate financial burden on individuals seeking treatment for digestive and inherited metabolic disorders, as lack of access to medically necessary food and medical nutrition leads to higher risk of malnutrition, surgery and repeated hospitalizations

Status

  • The bills are under consideration in the House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Subcommittees on Health and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions 

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H.R. 5370 - Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA)

  • Introduced on 9/24/21

  • 47 Co-Sponsors as of 5/18/22

Medically Tailored Home-Delivered Meals Demonstration Pilot Act

Description

The bill would: 

  • Establish a three-year Medicare pilot program to assess the effects of a covered hospital providing medically tailored home-delivered meals to qualified individuals

  • Covered hospitals would provide at least two home-delivered meals per day to qualified individuals, as well as any dependents under the age of 18 who reside in their household for at least 12 weeks

Status

  • The bill is still under consideration in the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on Rules

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