Advocates and health professionals alike have been concerned the ending of pandemic federal aid would lead to increases in food insecurity. Now just 3 months since the end of the extra SNAP allotments, there is a 9% increase in food insecurity in children under 18. Recent data from Morning Consult also shows that there is an 8% increase in food assistance in households making under $50,000. With costs rising but people getting less support, it’s no wonder families are feeling the pinch.
On March 1st, the Federal government ended the additional SNAP funding allocated due to the Covid 19 pandemic. As a cause of this, families lost at least $95 per month in additional food security assistance. This loss of assistance paired with inflation has created a situation where families must do more with less. When families face food insecurity, they may need to shop based on cost and not based on nutritious choices. This can lead to a number of health issues including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.
Families need assistance so they can live longer, healthier lives. This is why The American Heart Association is committed to addressing food insecurity through policies at a local, state, and federal level. Just last month, we had a group of advocates from across Eastern States join with advocates from across the country in Washington DC for meetings with legislators where they discussed expanding SNAP benefits and provide more assistance for those who need it. We’re also working to make school meals available for all, so children and their families can focus on learning, not a lunch bill. Through the support of advocates like you, we will ensure people have access to healthier foods and potentially an even healthier life.
We hope you’ll take action and join our efforts to address food insecurity near you.