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Legislative Update – February 2017

Erin Ducker, Vice President

H.R. 5232 – Stop Subsidizing Childhood Obesity Act

This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to protect children’s health by denying any tax deduction for advertising and marketing directed at children to promote the consumption of food of poor nutritional quality or a brand primarily associated with food of poor nutritional quality. The Department of Treasury and the National Academy of Medicine will work together to determine procedures to identify and evaluate foods of poor nutritional quality and brands associated with these foods. The bill also authorizes additional funding for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program under the Richard B. Russel National School Lunch Act.


  • Introduced in House 5/13/2016
  • Latest Action: 9/19/2016 – Referred to the Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education


H.R. 5215 – Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2016


This bill amends the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to increase the minimum supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefit and require that benefits be calculated using the low-cost food plan. “Low-cost food plan” means the diet required to feed a family of four, consisting of:

  • A man and a women 19-50 years of age
  • A child 6-8 years of age
  • A child 9-11 years of age
  • Adjustments to the plan will be made according to household size, changes in the cost of diet, and the cost of food in specified areas.
  • Introduced in House 5/12/16
  • Latest Action: 5/20/16 – Referred to the Subcommittee on Nutrition


H.R. 4967 – Food Bank Assistance Act of 2016

This bill amends the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983 and the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to provide additional funding to the Department of Agriculture to be used for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The TEFAP provides emergency food and nutrition assistance food for low-income Americans.


  • Introduced in House 4/15/2016
  • Latest Action: 5/9/16 – Referred to the Subcommittee on Nutrition


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