Dear Editor,

I am very concerned about the increase in hunger during this pandemic. With more than 40 million Americans unemployed while food prices are rising, people are being forced to choose between rent and groceries. Since Congressional Leader’s income isn’t effected by the pandemic or even government shutdowns, it’s imperative that they make sure SNAP benefits, Unemployment, and Medicaid goes unaffected as well. In fact, it needs to be increased to the max since millions of Americans continue to face hardship during this time.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) is our nation’s first line of defense against hunger. And it helps our economy recover – every $1 in new SNAP spending creates $1.50-1.80 in economic activity.

There appears to be some bipartisan support in Congress to increase SNAP benefits during this crisis. But the White House is stalling. I urge our members of Congress and President Trump resume COVID relief negotiations now and quickly pass legislation that increases the maximum SNAP benefit by 15 percent. The needs of Americans MUST come first, especially those who rely on the government assistance and unemployment.


Sydney Harding