Congressman José E. Serrano

Representing the 15th District of New York

Congressman Serrano Reintroduces the Anti-Hunger Empowerment Act

Nov 19, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC — Today, Congressman José E. Serrano released the following statement on the reintroduction of the Anti-Hunger Empowerment Act of 2015.  The bill was originally introduced by Congressman Serrano during the 109th Congress as a way to replace administrative cost provisions within in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to expand its ability to provide nutrition assistance to communities facing hunger insecurity.

“The holiday season is quickly approaching us, and for many of us the holidays are a time filled with togetherness, festivities, and food," said Congressman Serrano. "Sadly, millions of individuals and families will spend this season worrying about when their next meal is coming from or go without food altogether.

“No child or individual should have to go hungry in this country. The Anti-Hunger Empowerment Act of 2015 would allow the US Department of Agriculture to ensure a greater utilization of SNAP funding by food pantries, soup kitchens, and other charitable feeding programs to provide more meals to communities facing food hardship. Every household should have access to quality and nutritious food, and this legislation will help achieve that goal.”

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 office 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.

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Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990.