Feeding America Statement on the Next COVID-19 Stimulus Bill

Attributed to Kate Leone, Chief Government Relations Officer

August 7, 2020

“Across the United States, food banks continue to see more families seeking food assistance.  Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic response to hunger with a network of 200 member food banks and 60,000 partner food pantries and meal programs, is doing its best to meet the demand but cannot do it alone. People cannot wait any longer for relief and a much-needed economic stimulus bill. We need Congress and the Administration to act quickly to provide resources for people in need and to ensure that the economy improves. The best way to do that is to increase the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit by 15 percent. SNAP is our nation’s largest and most effective anti-hunger program.

“From food prices skyrocketing to a 50-year high to the loss of an eviction moratorium and additional unemployment insurance benefits to help cover expenses, families are facing mounting hardships that is making putting food on the table harder than ever before. By increasing the maximum SNAP benefit by 15 percent for as long as the pandemic and economic fallout continue — which would provide around an additional $100 a month for a family of four to purchase groceries — our lawmakers can help ensure no one goes hungry amid these tough times while also bringing back our economy from the brink of collapse.

“We need a COVID-19 stimulus bill that provides the hunger-relief response our nation needs now more than ever. American families and the economy cannot wait any longer.”


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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.