As Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations, Congresswoman Hayes is a leader on ending hunger. She has convened hearings on the effectiveness of the SNAP program during the COVID-19 pandemic, the prevalence of veteran and military hunger, benefit cliffs, and nutrition distribution programs like The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Throughout the pandemic, she has been a leading advocate for increased SNAP benefits, the expansion of Pandemic-EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer), increased funds and resources to food banks, and streamlined administrative processes to ensure every American who needs nutrition assistance can get it as easily as possible. She urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to move forward with their review of the Thrifty Food Plan, which resulted in a permanent 27% increase to SNAP benefits. She has also introduced the Student Food Security Act, which would eliminate barriers to nutrition assistance for the lowest income college students.
She has introduced 10 bills in the nutrition space, 4 of which are bipartisan. Her legislation would expand automatic eligibility for school meals, streamline access to the WIC program, make the Summer-EBT program permanent and national, and create a $100 million program to promote scratch cooked meals in public schools.
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|1/11/22||Reps. Hayes and Brown Introduce Bill to Expand Student Access to Afterschool Meals|
|11/19/21||Rep. Hayes Wins Big for Connecticut in Build Back Better|
|9/14/21||Hayes Introduces Two Bills To Address Ending Hunger Amongst Children and College Students|
|8/20/21||Hayes Recognizes Progress as Thrifty Food Plan Receives 21 Percent Increase|
|7/22/21||Hayes Provides Update on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund in CT-05|
|7/14/21||Hayes Introduces WIC For Kids Act to Remove Access Barriers for Women and Children|
|6/4/21||Chairman David Scott and Chairwoman Jahana Hayes Release Statement on USDA Funding for Food Insecurity and Food Bank Capacity|
|4/14/21||HAYES ENSURES CONNECTICUT’S CONTINUED PARTICIPATION IN GUS SCHUMACHER NUTRITION INCENTIVES PROGRAM|