When you speak out, you use your voice to urge your elected officials to do their part to help end hunger. Decisions made by our elected officials have a huge impact both on the supply of food available to give to people in need and on the demand for charitable food assistance.
Phase 1 – The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act
Phase 2 – The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Phase 3 – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)
The unprecedented disruption to the economy, incomes, and employment triggered by COVID-19 means that communities will need every option available to fight hunger and strengthen the economy. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves as a frontline defense against food insecurity, poverty, and the long-term detriments they cause. By providing families with a grocery benefit they can use to purchase food directly, SNAP is a safe, effective way to ensure that low-income children, families, and seniors can get the food they need. Given the extraordinary increase in need during this public health pandemic and related economic crisis, we urge Congress to:
Strengthening SNAP will not only feed families – it will also boost the economy. SNAP is an economic multiplier, infusing money into local economies. Economists estimate that every dollar in SNAP benefits spent during a recession generates between $1.50 and $1.80 in economic activity because it frees up cash for poor households to buy other essential items – like diapers and medication – and provides revenue directly to stores, thus helping maintain local jobs.
Given the unprecedented nature of this crisis, seniors, families, and children need SNAP benefits more than ever before. Congress should act now to make these benefits more robust, which will ensure that everyone is able to put food on the table in the coming months and support the economic recovery.
Call your U.S. Representative and Senators today to urge them to strengthen SNAP through much needed legislation. Contacting your legislators can ensure that they know how important the issue of hunger and SNAP is to their constituents. See below for your federal legislators’ contact information.
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