2021 Policy Agenda - Capital Area Food Bank
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2021 Policy Agenda

Our 2021 Policy Agenda highlights the role that government at every level can play in reducing hunger and poverty in our region.

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Although we’re on track to distribute the food for nearly 50 million meals in fiscal year 2021, we cannot address hunger alone. Governments play a critical role in reducing hunger and poverty at the broadest scale, and we are seeking the support of policymakers to enact change that will advance these goals.

Our policy agenda has been informed by hundreds of conversations with elected leaders, academic researchers, community members, and the insights of our clients and partner nonprofits. We have put forth requests that speak to ways that governmental leaders in each jurisdiction can take steps to reduce the burdens of hunger and poverty over the coming year. Our requests are mindful of the structural and fiscal limitations that policymakers are faced with, but also challenge leaders to ensure that underserved and marginalized communities are not left behind, or left without a seat at the table. Together, we can holistically support the needs of the most vulnerable individuals in our communities.

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Download the 2021 Policy Agenda

for a one-page look our priorities by level of government across our region.

Download the 2021 Policy Agenda Snapshot

for an “at a glance” view of CAFB’s policy priorities.

Multi-jurisdictional

Several recommendations in the 2021 agenda are applicable in multiple jurisdictions. The below policy requests apply several or all levels of government that span across our multi-state service region.

  • Increase the reach & impact of the SNAP benefit
  • Expand or create the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Pilot a school meals program to account for the high cost of living in the region
  • Incorporate food security measures into strategic and agency planning documentation
  • Enhance the utilization of social welfare and income support programs

Federal

Congress and the Executive Branch are positioned to enact and implement policies that have broad impact all subsequent levels of government. Our 2021 agenda includes the following requests at the federal level:

  • Increase the maximum SNAP benefit by 15 percent
  • Expand SNAP eligibility to college students and veterans
  • Prevent the “commodities cliff” and expand USDA food purchasing power
  • Provide economic stimulus payments to vulnerable groups excluded from the CARES Act
  • Extend unemployment insurance benefit boost through duration of pandemic
  • Expand WIC eligibility to age six

State

The food bank operates across three unique state-level jurisdictions: the state of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our agenda within each jurisdiction is below.

Local

Local governments, closest to the issues on the ground, are positioned to enact nimble and innovative governance approaches for those in need.