(WASHINGTON) – On November 1st, the temporary benefit boost provided for in the 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act is scheduled to expire and households across the country participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will see their monthly benefit sharply reduced. This substantial reduction on November 1st will leave many Americans unsure of how they will put food on the table, and will aggravate the problem of hunger in our nation, making it that much harder for millions of Americans—fathers and mothers, children, veterans and active duty military, to provide for their loved ones.

In response to this upcoming cutback, Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.) will be holding a press conference at 1:00 pm this Tuesday, October 29th in the House Triangle. Rep. Conyers will be joined by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), and representatives from prominent anti-hunger groups including the Food Research Action Center and Share Our Strength.

Further information about the event is detailed below:

Extend – Don’t Cut – SNAP Benefits Press Conference


Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.)
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.)
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.)
Congressman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.)
Congressman Rush Holt (D- N.J.)
Congressman Ted Deutch (D- Fl.)
Congresswoman Janice D. Schakowsky (D-Ill.)
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas)
Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)
Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.)
Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.)

James Weill, President, Food Research Action Center (FRAC)
Thomas C. Nelson, President, Share Our Strength
John Sayles, CEO, Vermont Foodbank and Chair of the Feeding America Policy Engagement and Advocacy Committee
Michael Brennan, President and CEO, United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Tuesday, October 29th, 1:00 p.m.

House Triangle


Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, providing nutritious food through a network of more than 300 community partners – food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. Food insecurity has increased dramatically as a result of the pandemic, economic disruptions, and recent flooding. The Vermont Foodbank and its network have been on the front lines, working to ensure that everyone has the food they need to maintain their health. Last year, the Vermont Foodbank provided over 12 million pounds of food to people throughout Vermont. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation.