Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Sessions are under development and subject to change.

Protect and Strengthen SNAP — Federal Strategies (Repeated)

SNAP is a vital safety net program that serves a diverse and vulnerable population. Contributing to SNAP’s effectiveness is its entitlement structure, which allows it to respond timely to changes in need, and, the public/private partnership that utilizes regular channels of commerce for benefit distribution and redemption. Nonetheless, proposals to weaken SNAP’s structure and benefits are in play as federal policy discussions heat up on budget and Farm Bill fronts. Participants will visit roundtables for 30 minutes each for interactive learning about policy, media, and organizing strategies to protect and strengthen SNAP at the federal level. Experts will inform and converse about the Farm Bill and Budget Reconciliation 101; cutting through the block grant rhetoric; telling the SNAP story through frames of work, health, and community; fostering SNAP coalitions with the elderly serving community, health sector, food retailers, and farmers; engaging state and local officials on federal SNAP policy advocacy; and coalition building for SNAP and the broader social safety net.

 

Moderators

Ellen Vollinger, Food Research & Action Center
Robert Campbell, Feeding America

 

Facilitators

Ellen Vollinger, Food Research & Action Center
Christine Melendez Ashley, Bread for the World
Triada Stampas, Food Bank For New York City
Stacy Dean, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Dottie Rosenbaum, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Ed Bolen, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Jessica Bartholow, Western Center on Law and Poverty
Pat Baker, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Colleen Rivecca, St. Anthony’s
Mary Pat Raimondi, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Jennifer Noll Folliard, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Andrew Cheyne, California Association of Food Banks
Robert Campbell, Feeding America

 

SNAP — State and Local Strategies

Participants will visit roundtables for 30 minutes each for interactive learning about state and local strategies to maximize SNAP for vulnerable people in the state. This session will drill down on ways to protect SNAP for jobless adults; make the best use of SNAP Employment and Training dollars; use exemplary SNAP outreach tools; preserve SNAP client dignity in determining the eligibility and processing the redemption of SNAP benefits; use new state-funded investments to strengthen SNAP; and offer effective messages for protecting and bolstering the program’s standing with the public and opinion leaders.

MODERATORS

Ellen Vollinger, Food Research & Action Center
Robert Campbell, Feeding America

 

Facilitators

Lura Barber, National Council on Aging
Stacy Dean, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Dottie Rosenbaum, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Ed Bolen, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Vicky Negus, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Arthur Butler, Hunger Solutions New York
Jaclyn Moore, Hudson Valley Community Services
Matt Stienstra, Hunger Task Force
Rachel Tucker, Maryland Hunger Solutions
Clara Whitney, Good Shepherd Food Bank
Jan Bindas-Tenney, Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative
JC Dwyer, Feeding Texas
Andrew Cheyne, California Association of Food Banks
Ann Morse, National Conference of State Legislatures

 

What’s Happening in SNAP?  Get Updates on Current Program Operations and Pilots

This session will allow participants to get status updates from USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) experts on USDA SNAP operations and pilots, including those affecting eligibility systems, modernization, Employment and Training (E&T), and more. Participants also will have the opportunity to provide feedback on SNAP procedures, operations and customer experiences based on what they are seeing in their communities.

moderators

Ellen Vollinger, Food Research & Action Center
Robert Campbell, Feeding America

 

Facilitators

Lizbeth Silbermann, Director, Program Development Division, SNAP, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Moira Johnston, Director, Office of Employment and Training, SNAP, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
Jeff Cohen, Acting Associate Administrator, SNAP, USDA Food and Nutrition Service

“The National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference allows staff to connect with and learn from the network of anti-hunger organizations nationwide, to promote best practices, share resources and address common challenges to end hunger in our communities.”
Amy Gallant, Advocacy Coordinator, Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative