We are all dealing with the impacts of the novel coronavirus. But the most economically vulnerable Americans are facing financial ruin and hunger. We have seen the reports of hours-long waits in cars at food banks, and we are as appalled as you are. So CSPI is calling on lawmakers to expand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to ensure that millions of American can put food on the table and to ease the burden on food banks.
Congressional leaders are drafting the next economic stimulus package to respond to impacts of COVID-19. Now is the time to tell lawmakers: you must give low-income families what they need to survive in this moment and through the economic downturn. Please join us in urging Congress to make the following expansions to SNAP:
– Boost the benefit for households by 15 percent (this is just an additional $25 per month!).
– Increase the minimum benefit per month from $16 to $30.
– Suspend implementation of all administrative rules that restrict access for millions of people.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, SNAP is one of the most effective supports we can use during a weak economy. Expanding SNAP will decrease rampant hunger, reduce virus transmission by allowing more people to stay home, and provide immediate economic relief. Please act today: email your members of Congress and ask them to quickly pass these SNAP expansions as part of the next COVID package.