STATEMENT: Nebraska Appleseed Responds to Governor’s Statement on SNAP Max Allotments

***For Immediate Release***
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Contact: Magdalena Cazarez
Communications Director
Cell: (402) 504-0074
mcazarez@neappleseed.org

Nebraska Appleseed Responds to Governor’s Statement on SNAP Max Allotments

For many Nebraskans, the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continues

LINCOLN, NE – As of September 10, 2020, Nebraska remains to be the only state not to extend SNAP emergency allotments to individuals and families who have felt the harsh economic impacts of COVID-19. Nebraska Governor Ricketts recently stated his justification for refusing to extend benefits, stating: “We want to get people used to the idea of ‘Hey we’re going back to a more normal life.’”

In response, Nebraska Appleseed’s Economic Justice Program Manager Eric Savaiano, issued the following statement:

“While Nebraskans look forward to recovery after painful months enduring the COVID-19 pandemic, “normal” is still far off. Food insecurity has dramatically risen in Nebraska, with an estimated additional 17% of Nebraskans experiencing food insecurity during the pandemic, and the statistics play out in heartbreaking conversations we have had with families. The SNAP program is an essential tool to address this.

Additionally, our local food pantries are still serving record numbers of people, grocery store prices have risen and remain high, and children across the state are dealing with irregular access to school meals.

This aid is available while the federal state of emergency continues and costs the state nothing. Nebraska should do what every other state has done for their residents. It is time for Governor Ricketts to acknowledge that times are not normal for most Nebraskans, and to make the right choice by accepting SNAP emergency benefits that are life-saving for those hit hardest by the pandemic.”

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