Urge Congress: Do Not Leave D.C. Until SNAP Boost is Included in Final COVID-19 Deal

It’s outrageous that a SNAP benefit boost is not included in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) COVID-19 proposal.

Congress cannot let hungry households be left behind in the next recovery package. Join us in urging your Senators and Representatives to not go home (adjourn) without a SNAP benefit boost in the final deal. Members need to weigh in with leadership with the following message:

The final COVID-19 relief package must boost SNAP maximum benefits by 15 percent, which would help all SNAP households; and also, increase the minimum monthly SNAP benefit from $16 to $30 and suspend SNAP time limits or administrative rule changes that would cut benefits.

Click to Tweet: SNAP is a critical support for individuals & families facing food insecurity while also stimulating the economy. Tell your Sens & Reps today: do not leave DC w/out boosting SNAP benefits in the final #COVID19 deal. Learn more w/ @fractweets: https://bit.ly/2yh6AwO #BoostSNAPNow

Three Actions to Get the Attention of Members of Congress

Call and email your Members of Congress and quickly organize community calls with others in your state. Urge your members not to leave D.C. without a boost to SNAP benefits. Write a Letter-to-the-Editor urging your Members of Congress to not leave D.C. without passing a COVID-19 relief bill that includes a SNAP benefit boost. Get Vocal on Social and tweet at your Members of Congress using these sample social media posts and the Click to Tweet above this section.

Our Message is Still the Same: Topline Messaging 

Food Insecurity is Rising in Every Corner of the Country: A comprehensive COVID-19 relief package that includes a boost to SNAP is urgently needed to provide direct assistance to individuals and families.

SNAP as an Economic Catalyst: During an economic downturn, each $1 of SNAP benefits generates between $1.50 and $1.80 in economic activity. Increasing SNAP benefits is the biggest ‘bang for the buck’ for our nation — and Members of Congress must not leave D.C. until SNAP benefit boosts are included in the final deal.

The Ask: The COVID-19 relief package being negotiated by Congress and the White House must strengthen SNAP by boosting maximum SNAP benefits by 15 percent, which would help all SNAP households; and also by increasing the minimum monthly SNAP benefit from $16 to $30 and suspending SNAP time limits and administrative rule changes that would cut benefits.

For additional resources, check out FRAC’s COVID-19 Updates page. Questions? Contact Ellen Teller (eteller@frac.org) or Lauren Badger (lbadger@frac.org).