COVID-19 SNAP increase legislation sign-on
The Alliance to End Hunger, alongside other national Anti-Hunger organizations, is circulating a sign on letter to House, Senate, and Executive Office leadership asking for the inclusion of a 15% raise to all SNAP benefit amounts in the next package of COVID-19 legislation. This provision was not included in final CARES act (aka the latest stimulus package) and would be a vital support for the people who need food during this crisis.
From Alliance's sign-on letter:
"Strengthening SNAP will not only feed families – it will also boost the economy. Economists estimate that every SNAP dollar that households redeem expands the economy by about $1.50 because it frees cash for poor households to buy other essential items, like diapers and medication, and provides revenue directly to stores, thus helping maintain local jobs. For example, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service estimates that every $1 billion invested in SNAP supports 13,600 jobs and approximately $32 million in farm revenue."