Legislation

We all can play a role in ensuring no one goes hungry during the coronavirus crisis including our lawmakers, from governors to members of Congress.

Feeding America COVID-19 Policy Priorities

  • Increase the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit for all recipients by increasing the thrifty food plan by at least 15 percent for as long as the economy is weak to help promote economic stimulus and push against the economic downturn.

  • Increase the minimum SNAP benefit from $16 to $30 to help individuals impacted by COVID-19, particularly seniors, for the duration of the economic downturn.

  • Suspend implementation of all administrative rules that restrict access to SNAP benefits for millions of people in need.
  • Increase funding for The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) food by $500 million and accompanying funding for storage and distribution.

  • Invest $543 million in the cold storage and transportation capacity of the nation’s charitable food system.

  • Extend Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) authority provided in earlier legislation to ensure the United States Department of Agriculture has the authority needed to continue this important program through the summer and into the next school year as needed.

H.R. 8337 Continuing Resolution

The Continuing Resolution was signed into law on October 1, 2020. The bill provides an additional $8 billion in needed nutrition assistance, a critical down payment on what is needed to address the rising hunger crisis associated with the pandemic. It does not contain an increase in SNAP benefits, the most efficient and effective way to help people facing hunger. 

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HEROES Act

The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act was introduced by the House on May 12, 2020 and was passed by the House on May 15, 2020.

An updated version of the HEROES Act was introduced by the House on September 28, 2020.

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HEALS Act

CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020. The Act is important to shielding our communities from some of the harshest impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic — but it is not be enough to meet the increased need for food assistance.

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Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law on March 18, 2020. Providing $1 billion in nutrition assistance through key federal food programs, the Act is an important first step toward ensuring people already and newly at risk of going hungry have enough to eat.

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