New Emergency Food Stamp SNAP Bills & Packages of 2022

New Emergency Food Stamp SNAP Bills & Packages of 2022
Emergency food stamps have provided additional funds on top of the regular SNAP benefits each month during the pandemic. But the extra benefits were always meant to be temporary. While at least 37 states are continuing to offer the emergency aid in March, some places including Nebraska and Tennessee have already phased out the temporary benefit. The emergency support will end as the Covid-19 public health emergency comes to a halt. That would result in $82 less each month for millions of SNAP claimants, according to the United States Conference of Mayors, which represents cities with populations that exceed 30,000. This will be tough to navigate around as the latest inflation rate is pegged around 8%. The bills that could help. As a result, the US Mayors are urging the passage of several bills to help food stamp claimants. Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2021 – It aims to improve accessibility to SNAP and benefit amounts.
Enhanced Access to SNAP (EATS) Act of 2021 (H.R. 1919/S. 2515) – This improves college students’ access to food stamps by getting rid of the work requirement. Improving Access to Nutrition Act of 2021 (H.R. 1753) – It gives food security to those seeking work on a full-time basis and ends the time limit on SNAP eligibility. Lifting Immigrant Families Through Benefits Access Restoration (LIFT the BAR) Act of 2021 (H.R. 5227) – This improves immigrants’ access to nutrition assistance and health care. Making Essentials Available and Lawful (MEAL) Act of 2021 (H.R. 2837/S. 2667) – Those with drug felony convictions would get restrictions removed on SNAP and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) under this bill. Additionally, incarcerated people (before release) can apply for either program. ASSET Act (H.R.3822/S. 1809) – This llows low-income households with “modest savings” to continue to receive SNAP by removing asset limits. “Together, they would prevent millions of Americans from falling into food insecurity at the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency,” the mayors wrote in a letter to Congress. “They would also help to protect the food security and well-being of people across the United States.”

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