D.C. Hunger Solutions Applauds Passage of Give SNAP a Raise Amendment Act of 2022
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WASHINGTON, January 25,
. 2023 — D.C. Hunger Solutions applauds the passage of the Give SNAP a Raise Amendment Act of 2022. This act will increase the minimum monthly Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit, and will improve food insecurity for Black families and other families of color in the District by:
- providing local funding into the SNAP Program;
- increasing SNAP benefits to match food expenses under the Low-Cost Food Plan set by the Food and Nutrition Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture; and
- changing the maximum benefit to 10 percent of the maximum allotment for families.
SNAP is our nation’s first line of defense to combat hunger. This legislation is a significant step forward in addressing food insecurity and ensuring thousands of D.C. residents have access to and greater flexibility to purchase nutritious food. The pandemic exacerbated hunger in our city, and many residents are still feeling the impact. This much needed increase in SNAP benefits for District residents will also assist individuals and families as temporary pandemic-era benefits come to an end. In addition, the legislation will ensure our most vulnerable residents have more equitable access to healthy food.
We are grateful that the D.C. Council understands that the more than 141,000 residents participating in the SNAP program will greatly benefit from Give SNAP a Raise. We celebrate this important stride toward ending hunger in the nation’s capital.
Read more about Give SNAP a Raise online.
About D.C. Hunger Solutions:
D.C. Hunger Solutions, founded in 2002 as an initiative of the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), works to create a hunger-free community and improve the nutrition, health, economic security, and well-being of low-income people in the District of Columbia. To learn more about D.C. Hunger Solutions, visit www.dchunger.org.