|Posted:||April 14, 2022 03:05 PM|
|From:||Senator John I. Kane|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Food Bucks Program for SNAP recipients|
|Food insecurity is a heightened concern for Pennsylvanians due to the pandemic and recent rising food costs. Pennsylvania’s SNAP program serves households that have significant food insecurity struggles. The prevalence of food insecurity and poor diet is a leading factor of death and health issues across Pennsylvania. According to the USDA, SNAP participation significantly reduces, by up to 30%, the prevalence of food insecurity. SNAP helps 14% of the commonwealth’s residents put food on the table. Now, more than ever, the reliance on SNAP is increasing and remains as a vital program in providing adequate health and nutrition for our families and children.
To address the increased needs of food insecurity for Pennsylvanians, I plan to introduce a bill that will improve the SNAP program.
The bill is a companion to Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski and Rep. Angel Cruz’s H.B. 1275, it creates the PA Preferred Healthy Bucks Pilot Program. The program will:
Introduced as SB1246