Emergency food stamps were provided on top of SNAP benefits during the pandemic, but that is ending.
This could leave Americans struggling, but these bills offer hope.
Which bills could help Americans the most?
Ending the emergency benefits may put some Americans in a tight spot. Especially being that inflation has reached almost 8%. US Mayors are urging for several bills to be passed in order to help the SNAP recipients. Click here to read more.
All of the following bills have been introduced on the federal level by at least one congress member. They are:
- Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2021: aims to improve accessibility to SNAP benefits
- Enhanced Access to SNAP (EATS) Act of 2021 (H.R. 1919/S. 2515): improves college students’ access to food stamps by removing work requirement
- Improving Access to Nutrition Act of 2021 (H.R. 1753): grants food security to those seeking full-time work and ends the time limit on SNAP eligibility
- Lifting Immigrant Families Through Benefits Access Restoration (LIFT the BAR) Act of 2021 (H.R. 5227): improves immigrants’ access to nutrition assistance and healthcare
- Making Essentials Available and Lawful (MEAL) Act of 2021 (H.R. 2837/S. 2667): people with drug felony convictions can get restrictions on SNAP and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) removed and incarcerated people can apply for the program before their release
- ASSET Act (H.R.3822/S. 1809): allows low-income households with “modest savings” to continue receiving SNAP by removing asset limits
Will the bills pass?
None of these bills have passed yet or are guaranteed to. However, public pressure could force lawmakers to act because emergency food stamps are ending.
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