December 12, 2018

Good News From Capitol Hill in the Form of Bipartisan Farm Bill

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provisions included in the conference committee’s bipartisan Farm Bill preserve its status as a lifeline for the one in seven Floridians who rely on it to help put food on the table.

The bill protects and strengthens SNAP and rejects the partisan House-passed bill’s proposals to take away much-needed food assistance from Floridians through cuts and harmful changes.

SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, is the nation’s most critical anti-hunger program, helping to feed children, parents, people with disabilities, seniors and working residents who struggle to get by with low pay.

According to Moody’s Analytics, in a weak economy every $1 in SNAP benefits generates $1.70 in economic activity.

We commend members of the committee for recognizing how crucial SNAP is in reducing poverty and helping families afford basic necessities, and we urge the Florida congressional delegation to approve this legislation when it comes to the floor for a vote.

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