Pingree, Blumenauer, DeLauro, Schrier Lead 26 Members in Urging House Leadership to Allow Food Banks, SNAP Beneficiaries to Access Locally Farmed Food
Members Say Allowing SNAP Beneficiaries, Food Banks Access to Locally Grown Food Will Support Small Farmers Hardest Hit by COVID-19 and Prevent Food Waste
Washington, May 5, 2020
Today US Representatives Chellie Pingree (ME-01) along with Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Kim Schrier (WA-08), and Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) along with 26 additional members wrote to Democratic House Leadership requesting that future COVID-19 relief packages include immediate, direct assistance for small farmers, better protections for farmworkers, and policy changes to ensure locally grown food is available to food insecure Americans. Specifically, the members said future relief packages should include policy changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to ensure beneficiaries have access to locally grown food and offer food banks greater flexibility and support to procure locally produced food.
In their detailed letter to Speaker Pelosi, Majority Leader Hoyer, and Majority Whip Clyburn, the members outlined seven primary objectives to support local food production in the next COVID-19 relief package:
Read the members’ full letter here.