Sending Office: Honorable Jahana Hayes
Cosponsors (14): Jackson Lee, Norton, Hastings, Carson, Bonamici, Smith, Kilmer, DeFazio, Espaillat, Himes, McGovern, Jayapal, Garcia, Larson, Foster
Endorsing Organizations: MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, Feeding America
I invite you to cosponsor my legislation to exclude Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation from consideration when determining SNAP eligibility, titled the
Food for Working Families Act.
Over 22 million workers have now filed for unemployment compensation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In the CARES Act, Congress acted to protect these impacted workers by creating the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which provides a $600
supplement to weekly UI benefits including regular, state Unemployment Compensation (UC), Extended Benefits (EB), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC).
This critical supplement was created to put more money in the pockets of Americans who need it most, not block their access to critical nutrition programs. SNAP is the single strongest tool we have to inoculate Americans from food insecurity while also bolstering
our economy. It is vital that we ensure workers whose employment has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic have access to SNAP.
While the FPUC is disregarded in eligibility consideration for CHIP and Medicaid, it is considered when determining SNAP eligibility. The Food For Working Families Act would address this issue by declaring that the FPUC should be
disregarded as income and resources when determining eligibility for SNAP.
If you have any questions or if you would like to join, please contact Megan Handau at
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