WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined his colleagues this week in urging Senate leadership to support and strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In a letter sent to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Brown urged his colleagues to address the needs of SNAP in the next coronavirus relief package, so that more individuals and families can get the meals they need during the COVID-19 crisis.

“SNAP is the nation’s first line of defense against hunger and is proven to help lift millions of American families and children out of poverty,” the senators wrote. “The latest estimate by the Census Bureau found that SNAP lifted 3.4 million people out of poverty in 2018 including 1.5 million children. Given the unprecedented disruption to the economy, income and employment with more than 17 million Americans filing unemployment benefit claims, an expanded and strengthened SNAP can serve as a buffer for families who are now at risk of food insecurity and are struggling to make ends meet during this national health crisis.”

“We can avert the risk of poverty and food insecurity among American families and children while improving our chances for an economic rebound by investing in SNAP,” the senators continued.

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