The COVID-19 pandemic and the recession it created have dramatically increased food insecurity across Alabama and nationwide. Nearly 14% of Alabama households didn’t have enough food to feed their families the week of June 25, the U.S. Census Bureau reports. Other surveys have found even higher rates of hunger, especially among families with children. And hunger will get worse in coming months as shortages and supply chain problems drive up grocery prices.
Congress can and must do something about the threat of hunger in our homes and communities. Right now, members of Congress are negotiating over what measures will be included in the fifth coronavirus relief act. The House has passed a bill that includes a temporary 15% across-the-board increase in food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Senate must include increased SNAP food assistance in its version of the relief package as well.
You can help fight hunger among Alabama families by calling U.S. Senators Doug Jones and Richard Shelby THIS WEEK and asking them to support a 15% increase in SNAP food assistance. Alabama’s hungry families are depending on them, and on us, during this unprecedented crisis.
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