Ensuring Food Security for All Connecticut Residents
As a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, I have fought this Administration’s proposal to kick 1 million children off of free and reduced price lunch. I introduced the Closing the College Hunger Gap Act, which would require the Department of Education to use information reported in the FAFSA to alert students if they are eligible for SNAP benefits.
I have fought attempts to remove Connecticut residents from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The COVID-19 pandemic made the need for a robust, federal food security program clear. I introduced legislation to ensure workers who became unemployed due to COVID-19 were able to access food assistance and changes to SNAP to cover costs for grocery delivery to elderly and immunocompromised recipients. I also supported increased funding directly to food banks and programs that connected food banks with local farmers who were having to dump milk and other usable products. I will continue to support proposals that ensure everyone has access to healthy meals.