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of interest to you, our member food banks and those struggling with hunger throughout Arizona:
Our Arizona Legislative Agenda - updated February 25, 2014
Protect the coordinated hunger line item in the Department of Economic Security budget.
State and federal funds directly support food bank operations and the coordination and gleaning programs at the AAFB. These funds are critical to administering federal commodity programs, individual food bank operations and ensuring distribution of food among food banks.
Eliminate the finger imaging requirement for SNAP (Food Stamps) and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF).
Arizona is the last state in the country to impose this requirement. DES uses more than 20 other methods to check for duplicate enrollment in the program and these checks are less costly and more effective. Arizona could save nearly half a million dollars in general fund expenses and nearly $2 million in administrative costs at DES if this provision was eliminated. These funds could be better used to fund nutrition programs for hungry families.
Support the Department of Economic Security budget request of $4.6 million for approximately 200 additional eligibility workers to process TANF, SNAP, and Medicaid applications.
Due to the recession and increased demand, food banks struggle to meet the needs of hungry families. We encourage SNAP application to provide a regular source of nutrition support. When the processing of application is delayed or inaccurate, it puts additional strain on food banks to meet the food needs of families. Currently DES is timely on 93% of cases. Increased eligibility workers would help DES address the increase in need for SNAP, increase the timeliness of processing applications and ensure accurate determinations.
Promote the expansion of the working poor tax credit to increase the thresholds for giving to qualified food banks.
With the increased demand for nutrition services due to the recession, cuts to SNAP and unemployment insurance and an unemployment rate around 8%, food banks are continuing to struggle. The working poor tax credit supports food banks by allowing donors to claim a credit on their taxes when making their charitable contributions. This expansion would increase the threshold limits to $400 for a single filer and $800 for a couple filing jointly for contributions made to qualifying food bank organizations. SB 1302 has passed COW in the Senate.
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Take Action: Contact Your Legislative Officials
Call the U.S. House of Representatives at 602-926-3559 or 1-800-352-8404 and the U.S. Senate at 602-926-4221 or 1-800-352-8404 and ask for your elected officials.
If you are not sure who your legislators are, visit www.contactingthecongress.org and enter your address, city, state or zip code right on the home page to find who your Senator and/or Representatives are. You can also contact them electronically through this site.
In Arizona, click here to contact your Arizona state legislators and view current bills.
AAFB thanks you for making calls and sending emails and letters. Your voice does make a difference to those struggling with hunger and poverty!
AAFB partners with many different organizations, both local and national, to get the best data and information and advocate for the best policy to benefit our member food banks and the clients they serve. Below are just some of our valued information and advocacy partners.