Hungry People Can’t Wait. Boost to SNAP Urgently Needed

In this National Public Radio piece, advocates say
they are pushing for more assistance for low-income people in future federal stimulus bills. “We know that policymakers have had a lot on their hands, but so do hungry people,” said Ellen Vollinger of FRAC. “So hopefully for all of the people out there, those who need more help purchasing food and those who want to see the economy bolstered, that action will come.” FRAC urges lawmakers to include a 15 percent boost to the SNAP maximum benefit, an increase in the minimum monthly SNAP benefit to $30, and a suspension of rules that would exclude hungry people from food assistance in the next stimulus package. Such boosts and new investments are critical to ensuring the well-being of vulnerable people and the economy.