Catholic Charities USA welcomes bipartisan effort to advance farm bill

Alexandria, Va. (Dec. 12, 2018) –Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), welcomed the bipartisan effort to advance a farm bill that protects domestic nutrition programs including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

“The Conference Committee Agreement not only protects critical food assistance programs like SNAP, TEFAP and CSFP,” Sister Donna said, “it also makes critical new improvements and investments in improving workforce training programs in states. Addressing poverty requires not only ensuring people have access to basic necessities to support their families but also providing help to get families back on their feet.  Inclusion of case-management in SNAP education and training programs means individuals in need of assistance will be given comprehensive support to find a job and support their families.”

Sister Donna, on behalf of CCUSA, joined the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Rural Life, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in sending a letter to the members of the House of Representatives for negotiating a bipartisan, compromise Farm Bill. Read the full letter here.

Advocacy & Social Policy Initiatives

CCUSA's Advocacy and Social Policy team advocates for policies that uphold human dignity and promote integral human development. Informed by the experience of local Catholic Charities agencies, the team urges policy makers to encounter the needy and vulnerable in their communities and to create policies which assist and support them.

Learn More

Patricia Cole, VP Communications


A member of Caritas Internationalis, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 12 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds. To learn more about CCUSA, please visit our website at