Food For All is an active coalition comprised of organizations and grassroots supporters whose mission includes changing policy at the state level to reduce food insecurity. The coalition began in 2018. Using our collective knowledge and experience about food insecurity in WV and state policy, we chose five policy ideas to usher in the 2019 WV Legislative Session. 

​The team also wanted to inspire and engage grassroots groups in communities around the state, so in November 2018 Food For All hosted its first summit. Two of the five policy proposals from the summit were passed in the 2019 WV State Legislature - lifting the ban on SNAP for felons, and an increase in administrative funding for food bands.

2020 Policy Platforms

  • Development of county comprehensive plans for summer student feeding 

    • The plan would require every county school district to create a plan to implement a comprehensive summer feeding program based on a county community needs assessment.

Anchor Organization: Healthy Kids and Families Coalition
 

  • Creation of a state fund to match EBT/SNAP at WV Farmers Markets 

    •  This would create a state fund for the existing program, SNAP Stretch, in which SNAP dollars are doubled (or tripled with child present) for produce at participating farmers markets, mobile markets, or local food shops. This program could be an additional resource for community programs such as “Farm”acy, senior boxes, kids markets, food access pop-up markets, and other programs addressing healthy food access. This legislation would create a fund to match USDA dollars towards the project. 

Anchor Organizations: WV Food & Farm Coalition and WVU Food Justice Lab
 

  • Increased state funding for emergency food assistance organizations 

    • Mountaineer Foodbank and Facing Hunger Foodbank are the only two foodbanks in WV serving 650 food pantries and hot food kitchens in the state. These foodbanks will receive an increase in food from federal programs (13.4 million pounds total), however, they will not receive an increase in administrative costs to help store and distribute this food. This policy would include state funding to partially cover this funding shortfall.

Anchor Organizations: Mountaineer Foodbank and Facing Hunger Foodbank
 

  • Obtaining a waiver to allow vulnerable populations to purchase hot foods with EBT/SNAP

    •  A few states have extended SNAP to allow certain recipients to buy prepared meals from participating restaurants. Obtaining an exemption from USDA/FNS National Office requires a waiver request from the Bureau of Children and Families. The coalition would support a bill or advocate for DHHR to submit this waiver.

Anchor Organization: WV Center on Budget and Policy.
 

  • Advocate for the RECLAIM Act to address the root causes of hunger with job creation 

    • The RECLAIM Act is intended to address root causes of hunger with the creation of jobs for areas hit hardest by the decline of coal industry. This act would create jobs to clean up abandoned coal mines with federal money that has already been allocated. Nationally, RECLAIM Act would expedite the distribution of $1 billion from the Abandoned Mine Land Fund to states and tribes starting in fiscal year 2020.

Anchor Organization: WV Center on Budget and Policy

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