The relief packages passed by U.S. Congress in March are not enough to address the enormous problem of hunger nationwide and especially in Florida.
Recent analysis shows that 32 percent of Florida households receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) were excluded from aid in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This amounts to 526,632 households in Florida, including 335,349 children.
Children who are hungry are more likely to be hospitalized and face higher risks of health conditions like anemia and asthma. They are more likely to repeat a grade in elementary school, experience developmental issues, and have more social and behavioral problems in school than their peers.
TAKE ACTION TODAY
- Contact your Congressional representatives today to ask them to increase SNAP benefits to stem the growing tide of child hunger. Click here to search by address to find your Representative or Senator by address.
- Increasing food security for Florida children and families is a top priority in our 2021-22 Policy Playbook. Join our mobile texting network today to receive the breaking news and action alerts right to your cell phone. Simply text KIDS to 66539 today.
Click here to read more about Center for American Progress’ analysis outlined in “12 Million People Have Been Excluded from Emergency Increases in SNAP Benefits.”