Let's Feed America Campaign
Hunger in North Florida
Florida’s 5th Congressional District spans from Gadsden County, just west of Tallahassee, to Jacksonville in the east. The district faces rates of food insecurity and hunger that require a voice in Washington.
In Florida’s 5th District, one in every four residents has been on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, also formerly known as 'Food Stamps') benefits at some point over the past 12 months. This is almost twice the national average and the second highest rate among Florida’s 27 congressional districts. Six of the nine counties with the highest rates of food insecurity in Florida (Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, and Duval) as measured by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), are in Florida’s 5th District. Each of these counties are very different in their make-up, but they are united by the unfortunate reality of hunger and food insecurity.
As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I am launching the Let’s Feed America Campaign to alleviate and address hunger in North Florida and throughout our nation with several proposals, initiatives, and work in the following areas:
Seniors, College Students, Children, and States.
Several of the overarching steps I have already taken to alleviate hunger are:
- Al Lawson Focused on Expanding SNAP Benefits – Sunshine State News
- Congressman Al Lawson calls Trump's Ag budget unacceptable; Trump wants to cut SNAP, research money and aid to rural communities – Tallahassee Democrat
- Congressman seeks local input on farm bill – Monticello News
- Lawson asks Ag Secretary about North Florida issues
- Ending hunger in North Florida – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, Jr.
- Hurricanes Harvey, Irma highlight importance of food assistance during disaster – U.S. Rep. Al Lawson, Jr.
- Cosponsored the Food Donation Act and the Anti-Lunch Shaming Act of 2017