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Statement attributable to Luis Guardia, President, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2021 — The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) is pleased that the Biden administration has heeded our recommendation to expand Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotments during COVID-19.

We applaud the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for taking action to improve food relief by providing $1 billion per month in additional food assistance to SNAP participants, making the program more equitable for low-income households in need during the pandemic.

FRAC is committed to continuing our work with USDA, state lawmakers, and advocates on implementing this critical investment so that families can begin receiving increased benefits expeditiously to help limit the depth and duration of food hardship and economic disruption due to COVID-19.

This news comes on the heels of additional benefits coming soon to Pennsylvania SNAP households. Attorneys secured an important victory when the Biden administration abandoned the Trump administration’s opposition to Families First SNAP Emergency Assistance going to the lowest income households already at the maximum benefit levels.

Hunger in this country has spiked dramatically as a result of the public health and economic fallout of COVID-19 and things would be far worse if not for SNAP.

Expansion and investment of this critical program will improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of households while getting our economy moving.


For 50 years, the Food Research & Action Center has been the leading national nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty-related hunger and undernutrition in the United States. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.