With hunger on the rise and food prices increasing, we need to ACT NOW to ensure that all Mainers have enough to eat. Tell Representatives Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree to cosponsor the Improving Access to Nutrition Act of 2021 and the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger, and Health Act of 2021.
SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a lifeline for millions of Americans — including thousands of Mainers. But many people are still forced to choose between buying groceries or paying other important expenses, like rent.
If passed, the Improving Access to Nutrition Act of 2021 will permanently* eliminate the SNAP 3-month time limit that restricts some working-age adults without dependents to receiving only three months of benefits in a three-year period.
If the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, Hunger, and Health Act of 2021 is passed it will convene a second** national White House conference on food, nutrition, hunger, and health, bringing advocates, experts, lawmakers, and people with lived experience together to address the root causes of food insecurity and eradicate hunger.
*The current suspension of the time limit is limited to the duration of COVID-19. Once the federal Public Health Emergency declaration ends, this rule may be reinstated, creating further barriers to accessing benefits.
** The first conference occurred over 50 years ago and helped launch several critical anti-hunger programs including SNAP, the National School Lunch Program, and the School Breakfast Program.