The COVID-19 crisis has revealed what MAZON has known for years: while charity is crucial, only the federal government has the capacity to truly meet the needs of Americans facing hunger. SNAP allows people to get the food they need with dignity to choose how to nourish themselves and their families. SNAP is and always has been our country’s most effective defense against hunger.
Amount that the average SNAP recipient receives per meal.
Every SNAP dollar
generates between $1.50 and $1.80 in economic activity.
1 in 8 Americans
now use SNAP to buy their groceries. SNAP grew by 17% in the first three months of COVID-19.
“The food stamps we get aren’t enough to feed four people for a month. It makes me feel sad that my parents sometimes feed us kids and not themselves.”
“When my food stamps run out, it’s kinda scary not knowing if I'm gonna have any money to eat tomorrow.”
"I make sure that my son eats and then I worry about myself. That’s just what a parent does. I take him to a lunch program to make sure he’s getting food."
Urge Congress: Extend SNAP Benefit Boosts Until Our Nation Can Fully Recover From This Crisis
COVID-19 crisis has caused food insecurity to skyrocket to unfathomable levels, and the federal government simply has not done enough to help the families whose lives have been devastated by the pandemic and resulting economic downturn.
Congress Must Increase Funding for SNAP (Washington Post)
Abby J. Leibman, MAZON’s President & CEO, has a letter to the editor in the Washington Post about the Nov. 22 front-page article “Thanksgiving tenacity: ‘They can’t eat a gift card’.” Read More
By The Numbers: COVID-19 and Hunger
Before COVID-19, there were nearly 40 million people facing food insecurity. Now, with skyrocketing unemployment, we expect that there are over 80 million people at risk of hunger, and the numbers are still rising. Read more.
The U.S. Government’s Failed COVID-19 Response Echoes Historic Mistreatment of Native Americans
The U.S. government’s failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts across the country, but perhaps nowhere more than in Indian Country, where the neglect echoes historic mistreatment of Native Americans, experts said in a recent panel event hosted by MAZON. The panel, which coincided with Native American Heritage Month, featured experts in this field and addressed various ways to strengthen food security and food sovereignty in Indian Country. Read more.