Angelina Jolie is calling on congress to increase the food stamp benefits program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), amid the coronavirus crisis.
“Many of the most vulnerable children in America have missed nearly 740 million meals at school, due to closure resulting from the rapid spread of coronavirus. With parents facing lost jobs and wages, many of these children are going hungry,” Angelina wrote in a letter dated April 20 to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
“While strengthening SNAP will not alleviate all of the challenges low-income families are facing during the public health emergency, it will help ensure that fewer children go to bed hungry in our country.”
Congress has increased food assistance benefits by more than $15 billion due to the pandemic, however, Angelina and other advocates argue that it’s not enough. You can read the full letter here.