Positive Changes to SNAP Under New Administration

Since President Elect Joe Biden took office earlier this month, he has since made many executive orders to address food insecurity during the current ongoing pandemic. Food insecurity currently affects 29 million adults and 12 million children in the United States. With over 43 million Americans receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, otherwise known as SNAP, President Biden has pledged to tackle hunger by increasing food assistance benefits for households most affected during the pandemic.

President Joe Biden called for congressional action earlier in January to address food insecurity across the country as part of his American Rescue Plan Proposal. His plan seeks to increase SNAP and WIC budgets during the pandemic, and address food insecurity for school-age children.  He is calling for an additional $1B increase in nutritional assistance funding, an additional $3B towards the WIC Program, extending the 15% increase in SNAP benefits beyond June 2021, and additionally supporting restaurants as an integral part of feeding families throughout America. Biden is also calling for a budget increase for the P-EBT program which provides qualifying households with financial credits for meals for their school age children due to school closures. While these changes won’t eliminate food insecurity as a whole, it is a step towards fighting food insecurity and eliminating barriers to adequate food access during a global pandemic.

Student Survey on Barriers to accessing Swoop's Pantry

The Swoop's Team distributed a survey to students this week to assess barriers to accessing the pantry and will be sharing highlights from the responses in the March/April Newsletter.

Chicks 4 Charity Virtual Trivia Night supporting SWOOPS Care Pantry

Woman's Life Society, Chapter 827, Chicks 4 Charity, hosts a VIRTUAL TRIVIA NIGHT on February 12th to support SWOOPS Care Pantry at EMU. You will get to choose the time you want to play: 6pm, 7:30 pm, or 9pm. Maximum of 2 team members and fee is $25 a team. Please help us raise funds for the Care Pantry and support those students in need.

Click here to register!

Coming Up: March Madness!
This year Swoop's will focus less on competition and more on coming together to support those facing food insecurity in the EMU community. Stay tuned for more details!
A big thank you to Matthew Goebel for using the rest of his annual FSA account to donate several first aid items to the pantry. The EMU community is coming up with so many creative ways to give! A list of FSA eligible items can be found here 

Swoop's Food Pantry TOP 10 Wishlist
  1. Grape Jelly
  2. Gluten-Free Pasta
  3. Rice
  4. Salad Dressing
  5. Ramen Noodles
  6. Large Snack Items
  7. Re-usable Bags
  8. Hand Sanitizer
  9. Hand Soap
  10. Dairy: Milk & Cheese
EMU Foundation:

Amazon Wishlist

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