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Nicole Aber, 646-627-7741
Advocates Hail “Life-Saving Aid” But Say New Round Will Be Needed in 2021
Food Aid Equals $260 Each for 50 Million Americans Struggling Against Hunger
In response to the new federal recovery package agreed upon by Congressional leaders, Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, issued the following statement:
“Given that people who are malnourished are more likely to contract, and die from, COVID-19, the $13 billion in SNAP (formerly called food stamps) benefits and other food aid in the recovery deal are literally life-saving. We especially thank Speaker Pelosi and Leader Schumer for their insistence – over the last six months – that any recovery package include significant food aid. While $13 billion sounds like a lot of money, that equals only an average of $260 for each of the estimated 50 million Americans now struggling against hunger. We are also pleased that the deal includes more help for farmers markets to accept SNAP online, an idea that Hunger Free America has championed.
We hope that, early in 2021, the Biden/Harris Administration and Congress will take additional action to expand food aid and take comprehensive steps to help those facing poverty and hunger by creating jobs, raising wages, and making housing, health care, childcare, and transportation more affordable.”