The following statement is attributed to Eric Mitchell, Executive Director of the Alliance to End Hunger.
“The expansion of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits over the past three years were a lifesaver for many individuals and families as jobs disappeared and the economy grinded to a halt. While there is never a good time to make it harder for people to buy food, ending these additional benefits now comes at a particularly bad time. With inflation and food prices still near record levels, it is still far too expensive for many Americans across the country to put food on the table. Without these extra dollars, millions of people will be at risk of hunger.”
“While the pandemic has eased and these additional benefits were designed to be temporary, we should continue to invest in what works. Extra SNAP benefits and other programs such as the expanded Child Tax Credit have lifted millions of people out of poverty and helped reduce longstanding racial and ethnic disparities in rates of food insecurity. We know what works to eliminate poverty and end hunger in this country, and we will continue to work with Congress and the Administration to promote commonsense policies that raise up the lives and livelihoods of everyday people struggling to make ends meet.”