I am very concerned about the increase in hunger during this pandemic. Less than half of families with children are “very confident” they can afford to put food on the table this holiday season, according to the latest Census Bureau research. People are being forced to choose between rent and groceries.
Some leaders in Congress are ignoring this hidden hunger crisis, dragging their feet on any food assistance for families. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) is our nation’s first line of defense against hunger. And it helps our economy recover — every $1 in new SNAP spending creates $1.50-1.80 in economic activity.
There has been some bipartisan support in Congress to increase SNAP benefits during this crisis. I urge our members of Congress to resume COVID relief negotiations now and quickly pass legislation that increases the maximum SNAP benefit by 15%.
Salt Lake City