Angelina Jolie urged Congress to increase SNAP benefits amid lockdown

Angelina Jolie urged Congress to increase SNAP benefits amid lockdown

Angelina Jolie sent letters to top congressional leaders urging to increase the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

Over the years, Angelina Jolie has worked to fight childhood hunger in the United States and the rest of the world. Her affiliations to different charities and organizations have become more apparent in recent years.

Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, the Maleficent actress has continued to fight for the same advocacy. Angelina recently resorted to reaching out to those in positions to improve the situation, especially concerning childhood hunger.

Angelina Jolie urged Congress leaders through a letter

The Academy Award winner wrote a letter to senior leaders on April 20, according to USA Today. In it, Angelina Jolie reportedly explained that most children in the U.S. have already missed “740 million meals at schools” due to the imposed lockdown. Aside from the closure of schools and facilities, she noted that most of the parents of these children now face losing jobs and wages. As a result, many of these families, especially kids, “are going hungry.”

She also reportedly went on to state that while “strengthening” the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will not “alleviate” or eliminate all of the challenges that these families are facing, the increasing of benefits will certainly help “ensure” that they won’t go to bed hungry amid the pandemic crisis.

The letters that Angelina Jolie wrote were addressed to House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

On child abuse amid the pandemic

On child abuse amid the pandemic

The letter urging leaders to increase the food assistance benefits reportedly came after Angeline Jolie’s article touching on child abuse.

As per Daily Mail, the actress noted in her April 16 op-ed piece that the much-needed social distancing to fight COVID-19 has “inadvertently fuel” a rise in “trauma and suffering” among children.

Increased food assistance benefits

About half of all the public school students rely on “free” or affordable meals, as per reports. However, due to the current crisis, many schools across the country have reportedly either “halted” or “limited” these programs. 

Congress has reportedly “increased” the benefits of food assistance by over AU$23 billion amid the COVID-19 crisis. However, Angelina Jolie, along with other advocates, argues that there is a further “need.”

No comments have been made yet about the matter, even from Angelia Jolie’s camp. But, congressional leaders have remained in the discussion about the increasing of SNAP benefits, as per claims.

Images (1) & (2) courtesy of NATO North Atlantic Treaty Organization/Flickr

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