Today, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Alma Adams, authors of the Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2023 (H.R.3037/S.1336) to express our support for the bill.

Excerpt from the letter:

As the nation’s largest federal food assistance program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the first line of defense against hunger and food insecurity for poor and low income children. More than 14 million children — representing nearly half of the program’s participants — rely on SNAP for consistent, healthy meals. In 2021, SNAP lifted more than 800,000 children out of poverty, and countless studies show that SNAP participation improves food security, health, educational, and long-term economic outcomes for children. The Closing the Meal Gap Act of 2023 takes crucial steps to ensure that children across the country have access to the nutrition they need to grow and thrive.

Read the full letter here.