The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is one of the best tools our nation has to combat the coronavirus, a crisis that has hit Louisiana particularly hard.
Prior to this pandemic, nearly 774,000 Louisianans struggled with hunger. With jobs and wages lost, this number continues to rise and families are shouldering much of the burden.
SNAP is good at feeding people while also feeding Louisiana’s economy. The benefit is placed on an electronic card for families to buy food at grocery stores and farmers markets. When this money is spent it leads to more jobs, wages and local economic activity in our communities.
The best part? This happens almost immediately. Most families spend their benefits before the month ends because SNAP only supplements food budgets.
I urge Congress to increase SNAP benefits for families across the nation so we can help those in greatest need and give the country the economic stimulus it needs to weather this crisis.
Director, No Kid Hungry Louisiana
About No Kid Hungry
No child should go hungry in America. But 1 in 7 kids will face hunger this year. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger through effective programs that provide kids with the food they need. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization working to end hunger and poverty. Join us at NoKidHungry.org