Hunger Task Force Meeting 1-19-17


Empower Missouri’s

Hunger Task Force Meeting

Almost 41,000 Missourians have lost access to food stamp benefits during
the past year due to the implementation of Senate Bill 24 from the 2015 Legislative Session.
Missouri was already 2nd in the nation
 on measures of severity of hunger.
Your participation is needed!!

Conference Call Meeting: Thursday, January 19,2017
@ 12:00 PM 

Passcode: 167856#
Details of the Agenda and Speakers
will be sent out closer to the meeting!
RSVP: Christine Woody to

Hunger Task Force 10-19-16

Join the Empower Missouri Hunger Task Force for its Lunch and Learn Meeting

Wednesday October 19, 2016 from 12-1pm

BY PHONE: 712-432-1500 passcode 167856


Guest: Karen Warren, Legal Services of Eastern MO- will share details of their program which can offer advocacy assistance to the Department of Social Services for clients who have been cut off or denied Food Stamps

Update on possible Breakfast in the Classroom Outreach

Update on DSS reorganization

Update Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Update on November Election

Upcoming Legislative Session

New Report Shows the importance of Healthy School Meals

A new report from our national partner- The Food Research and Action Center (

Shows School Meals Improve Food Security, Dietary Intake, and Weight Outcomes, says Food Research & Action Center

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2016—Mounting evidence shows that healthy school meals play a key role in supporting the well-being of children, including alleviating food insecurity, improving dietary intake, and mitigating obesity, says

In its soon-to-be-released September issue of FRAC Focus: Obesity and Poverty, FRAC points to several recent studies published in prestigious journals and reports that find:

  • Free or reduced-price school lunches reduce food insecurity by at least 3.8 percent, as reported in the Journal of Econometrics;
  • Access to school breakfast decreases the risk of food insecurity and breakfast-skipping, especially among low-income children, according to research that appears in the Journal of Nutrition, Social Service Review, and a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report;
  • The new nutrition standards, which took effect in the 2012-2013 school year, improve nutrition-related outcomes among students, including improvements in fruit and vegetable selection and consumption, according to research compiled by FRAC(pdf) earlier this year;
  • Low-income students who eat both school breakfast and lunch have significantly better overall diet quality than low-income students who do not eat school meals, according to research published in  the Journal of Nutrition;
  • Participation in federally funded child care nutrition or school meals provided in child care, preschool, school, or summer settings is associated with a significantly lower body mass  index among young, low-income children, as reported in Health Affairs; and
  • Economists estimate that free or reduced-price school lunch reduces obesity rates by at least 17 percent, according to research presented in the Journal of Econometrics.

To receive a copy of FRAC Focus: Obesity and Poverty, subscribe here. For more information on school meals and other federal nutrition programs, visit

Empower Missouri Annual Conference- October 6-7 in Kansas City, Missouri

To learn more about how hunger affects children Register for the Empower Missouri Annual Conference:  Changing the Story: From Trauma to Hope where we will be having a workshop called: The Lifelong Trauma of Childhood Hunger


Hunger Task Force Meeting June 29, 2016

Join the Empower Missouri Hunger Task Force for its meeting on

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 12:00-1:00pm

Join by phone over  your lunch hour for a short briefing and actions you can take on around hunger in our Community.

JOIN US by calling: 712-432-1500 passcode: 167856#

Updates on:

Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Summer Meal Program

DSS reorganization

Drop in TANF participants = increase in Food Pantry usage

Veto Session and Looking ahead to 2017

Empower Missouri Annual Conference- October 6-7 in Kansas City.


RSVP to Christine Woody:

Empower MO Opposes House Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill

Empower Missouri stands with the Food Research and Action Center ( FRAC) and opposes the House Education and Workforce Committee’s Child Nutrition Bill

Empower Missouri has been advocating for over a year on the Reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill. This bill is the piece of legislation that reauthorizes  all of the federal child nutrition programs, including the School Breakfast, National School Lunch, Child and Adult Care Food, Summer Food Service, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs and WIC

On Wednesday, April 20th  the House Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill (pdf) was introduced by Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN), chairman of the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, on behalf of the majority on the House Education and Workforce Committee.

This bill would roll back years of progress. Countless children would no longer be able to access the nutritious meals they need for their health and learning, and the meals children could still obtain would be less healthy.

Ask your Members of Congress to weigh in immediately with Chairman Kline, Subcommittee Chairman Rokita, and other members of the House Education and Workforce Committee with their opposition to the bill. Additionally, if you have a Member that sits on the House Education and Workforce Committee (see the full list of members), ask them to:

  • Vote for and speak out in support of amendments that could strengthen the programs (e.g. an amendment to strike the harmful CEP provision); and
  • Vote “no” on final passage of this bill.


Good news about Federal Nutrition Programs in the President’s Proposed Budget

A Reminder that our next Hunger Task Force Meeting will be a conference call only and be held on Wednesday, February 17 from 12-1pm. Call in 712-432-1500 passcode: 167856#


Our national allies, The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), had this good news to share about nutrition programs in the budget just released by President Obama:

President’s Budget Proposes Increasing Summer Child Nutrition Programs & Streamlining Food Stamp Applications For The Elderly

President Obama’s budget for 2017 includes a number of enhancements to anti-hunger programs, including a proposal to help school kids get more nutritious food during the summer.

The President proposes committing $12 billion to expand the Summer EBT program to every state.  With Summer EBT families get benefit cards – the same as used for food stamps – to use buying food for their children when school is out.  This approach has been piloted in several communities.  It would now be expanded to more states each year until the entire country was covered.

The budget also increases support for meals for seniors, USDA commodities distributed by food pantries, and, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  The budget projects that 44.5 million Americans will receive food stamps next year, about one million fewer people than received benefits in late 2015.

A special effort to streamline and simplify the food stamp application for the elderly is also in next year’s budget.  These changes should make it easier for eligible seniors to receive SNAP benefits.

For more information:


Child Nutrition Reauthorization Action Alert

We join our Friends at the Food Research and Action Center asking for your action:

Congressional Countdown: CNR Action Needed
There’s a lot going on as Congress races toward adjournment next week. Keep reading for the latest from Capitol Hill, including updates on the omnibus spending bill and tax extenders, and continued action for a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR).

  • First, a short term Continuing Resolution (CR) is currently in place to keep the government funded and operating through December 16, while Congress debates an omnibus spending bill. Ideological policy provisions, or riders, are delaying efforts to pass a clean spending bill. Advocates are urging a clean omnibus spending bill without ideological riders. 
  • Next, legislation to extend certain tax provisions is being negotiated. The bill would extend business and corporate tax credits as well as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC). Advocates urge that any tax extender bill must make permanent improvements to the EITC and the CTC.
  • And most importantly, the Senate Agriculture Committee may finalize a child nutrition bill this weekend to be included in the omnibus spending bill. Decisions are being made very quickly, but there is still time to weigh in on the final bill.

CNR ACTION NEEDED Call today and tomorrow (Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121) and relay this message:
As a constituent concerned about hunger in our community, I am calling to urge you to make sure the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill includes these priorities: 

  • For summer food, that it allows local government and private nonprofit organizations to seamlessly feed children year-round – both during the summer and afterschool – through the Summer Food Program, rather than require switching between two programs. Also, that it makes permanent the USDA’s Summer EBT Pilot Project and ensures broad access to stores so that low-income children can easily obtain additional nutritional resources when school is out for the summer.
  • That it reimburses child care centers and homes participating in CACFP for an additional snack served to children in care for more than eight hours per day. 
  • That it protect and improve the much-needed updates to school nutrition standards, which are successfully operating in 97 percent of school districts nationwide. (Read FRAC’s new analysis (pdf) on the nutrition standards and how they are working.) 
  • And that this CNR legislation must be passed without doing harm by paying for changes through cuts or reducing access for eligible children or that weaken any other programs that support low-income people and families.  



Finally, notes from our last Hunger Task Force page can be found here

Our next task force meeting will be in February. Contact Christine Woody at  for  more details

Spend your lunch hour with us! Empower MO Hunger Task Force Meeting 12-9


Join us for an UPDATE with Empower Missouri’s Hunger Task Force .


Wednesday, December 9

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Just a Conference Call

Call in at 712-432-1500 passcode: 167856#

Please RSVP to Christine Woody at


Child Nutrition Reauthorization

What to expect during the 2016 MO Legislative Session

Impact of the New TANF and SNAP Rules

2016 Summer Meal Program

Plan of Action to End Hunger in America

Empower Missouri is happy to share the release of the Food Research and Action Center’s ( FRAC) new report “Plan of Action to End Hunger in America”. The full report can be found here:

Empower Missouri’s Hunger Task Force will be working with FRAC to discuss and work to address many of the action steps mentioned in the report.

Join the Empower Missouri Hunger Task Force to be involved in this very important work. To learn about when the next task force meeting will be held contact Christine Woody, or 573-690-7662


Spend your lunch hour with us! EMPOWER MO Hunger TF



Join us for an UPDATE with Empower Missouri’s Hunger Task Force .


Wednesday, December 9

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Just a Conference Call

Call in at 712-432-1500 passcode: 167856#

Please RSVP to Christine Woody at


Child Nutrition Reauthorization

What to expect during the 2016 MO Legislative Session

Impact of the New TANF and SNAP Rules

2016 Summer Meal Program