Food insecurity is a growing national problem amid the pandemic. Pantries are stretched thin — and money is tight in many communities. Advocates from across the country are urging Congress to increase SNAP benefits. They all want the next pandemic relief bill to include a boost for the program – and they’re urging congress not to leave until it does. Preble Street says that in some of Maine’s more rural counties, 1 in 6 grocery bills is paid for by SNAP.
“We need to ensure right now that families have greater resources to put food on the table,” says Heather Zimmerman, Preble Street Advocacy Director.