4,227,540 people struggle with hunger in Texas. Locally, 1 in 5 East Texans, including 1 in 3 children, are facing hunger and we find this unacceptable. The East Texas Food Bank advocates to protect and defend policies that seek to close the hunger gap at the federal, state and local levels. For a real and lasting impact in the fight against hunger, we need your voice to make ending hunger a priority. Working hand in hand with community leaders and policy makers, we can solve this problem.

2021 Advocacy Priorities

We advocate for public policy priorities that ensure all East Texans have access to enough food to live healthy, productive lives especially in times of crisis. Our legislative agenda supports Feeding Texas’s advocacy plan.

  • Protect TDA state funding for surplus produce acquisition against the proposed $1.9M cut for FY20-21 and any future cuts proposed for the next biennium. Click here to read more.
  • Increase access to SNAP benefits for senior citizens. Click here to read more.
  • Streamline the connection between SNAP & Work to provide more access and better outcomes to SNAP participants. Click here to read more.
  • Eliminate the vehicle asset test in SNAP to allow more food insecure families access to temporary food assistance. Click here to read more
  • Support Feeding America, Food Research and Action Center, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and other national partners’ efforts to strengthen federal nutrition polices and funding, including TEFAP and other federal commodities, a 15% boost in SNAP benefits, extension of the P-EBT program for the 2020-2021 school year, and the creation of a Military Basic Needs Allowance.

How to be an advocate

When creating or changing policy, our elected officials must make tough decisions that may impact our ability to help close the hunger gap in East Texas. Faced with decisions that can impact millions of people, they are counting on hunger-fighters to help provide them with accurate and timely information. That’s where we need your help.

We know that when people contact their lawmakers, they listen. Help us make meaningful, sustainable progress toward a hunger-free Texas by advocating for your neighbors experiencing hunger. Here are resources on how to find and contact your representatives:

Advocacy Contact

Lauren Barnes
Communications & Marketing Director
903.617.2008
lbarnes@easttexasfoodbank.org