Attributed to Kate Leone, Chief Government Relations Officer
Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization with a network of 200-member food banks across the country, is working to ensure that individuals impacted by COVID-19 and related disruptions continue to have the nutritious food they need. We are grateful for Congress’s recognition that these efforts will require more food through additional investment in the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), a program that connects the food U.S. farmers produce to people facing hunger through emergency food providers. At the same time, we know this will not be enough and are disappointed that the bill did not reduce the red tape required to distribute food during this crisis or, even more importantly, an expansion of benefits in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is not only vital to help families facing hunger but also is an economic multiplier, boosting the economy during times of crisis like this. The failure to increase benefits is a missed opportunity to safeguard families and local economies, and we look forward to working with Congress to continue to address these issues.
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About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.