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This summer, the Center for American Progress, the Coalition on Human Needs, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), Witnesses to Hunger, Feeding America, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics joined together to launch a national grassroots campaign asking individuals and service providers to share their personal experiences about the impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and child nutrition programs, such as school lunch, breakfast, summer meals, and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.

Resources from the Campaign

Download the Community Voices: Why Nutrition Assistance Matters booklet

In order to highlight nutrition assistance programs, we called on the real experts—people who benefit directly from them. Our organizations asked individuals across the country to share their personal experiences with the nation’s nutrition assistance programs. This booklet is a result of that call to action. These community voices speak for themselves and make a clear and compelling case that Congress should protect SNAP during end-of-year funding negotiations and strengthen school lunch, summer meals, WIC, and other programs that ensure better outcomes for children and their families.

Connect with the Our Contributors

The experts contributors to our campaign are available to speak further about their experiences.  If you would like to connect with them, please contact Michael C. Richardson at the Center for American Progress at (202) 796-9708 or