Biden supports SNAP for NMI

Oct 2, 2022
“The Administration supports granting territories the option to transition from current block grants to SNAP.” This is one of the important recommendations of President Biden’s National Strategy on Hunger, released on Wednesday. The President has already
Biden supports SNAP for NMI

Hungry families and individuals in the U.S. territories deserve the same level of nutrition assistance as Americans in the states, according to President Biden’s National Strategy on Hunger. A priority from Wednesday’s White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, the President’s support for granting equitable benefits to the territories reflects the goal of my bill, the AYUDA Act (H.R. 421), which would transition NMI’s nutrition assistance from its current block grant to the more flexible and responsive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). For so many families—including families of color, those living in rural communities and territories, and low-income families—structural inequality, such as disparities in educational and economic opportunities and lack of access to health care, safe housing, and transportation, make the impact of hunger and diet-related diseases even more severe. The pandemic made these problems worse, reinforcing the need for urgent, sustained action. I welcome the President’s support and will keep pushing for SNAP inclusion through my position on the House Agriculture Committee.