stand up for healthy families
PROBLEM: There are more than 46 million hungry Americans and food assistance benefits are inadequate.
Too many Americans, especially children, go hungry every day. Between 2014 and 2015, one in six Americans struggled to put food on their tables. The percentage of individuals struggling with food insecurity was greatest in households with children, with roughly one in five children receiving federal food assistance in 2015.
Yet anti-hunger programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, are inadequately funded and are constantly under threat of being cut further or structurally weakened.
In a time when the cost of a fast food burger can be less than the cost of tomato, the average SNAP benefits per person – roughly $1.41 per meal or $127 a month – is not enough to support purchasing nutritious food. Hungry families are left with very limited food choices.
SOLUTION: Protect – and improve – crucial programs to help hungry Americans access healthy food for their families.
We should not cut SNAP benefits – we should increase them. These benefits are a vital tool to help struggling Americans get back on their feet. All Americans who need food assistance should receive it and receive enough benefits to support a nutritious diet.