Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano Re-Introduces Anti-Hunger Empowerment Act

Feb 16, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman José E. Serrano today reintroduced the Anti-Hunger Empowerment Act of 2017. Originally introduced in the 109th Congress, the bill seeks to change administrative cost provisions within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to increase its financial capacity to assist underserved communities facing hunger insecurity.

“There is no reason why any child or individual should go hungry in a country like ours, where resources are plentiful and tons of food go to waste every year. The Anti-Hunger Empowerment Act seeks to promote the use of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) resources, and to allow food pantries, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs to expand their services and to provide more meals in communities that face food insecurity- like the Bronx. Every household should have access to basic necessities, including nutritious food, regardless of their economic background. These changes will help achieve that goal,” said Congressman Serrano.

This legislation would:

  • Establish the Beyond the Soup Kitchen Grant Program to provide funds to community-based and faith-based charitable feeding organizations to expand their grassroots anti-hunger activities. These activities include providing nutrition education and helping individuals enroll in federal food assistance programs.
  • Expand the number of hours supplemental nutrition assistance offices are open and reduce wait times at SNAP offices.
  • Remove burdensome and duplicative requirements that deter eligible Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients from applying.