Al Lawson’s Let’s Feed America Campaign
One in every 10 of Florida’s seniors receive SNAP benefits; only two states and the District of Columbia have higher rates of food insecurity among their elderly populations. Many seniors in my district live on fixed incomes and have difficulty meeting their everyday needs. These seniors are often faced with the difficult choice between paying for medical or housing expenses, and buying food.
Below are a few of the major actions I have taken on behalf of seniors to eliminate food insecurity among this population:
- Al Lawson, Kirsten Gillibrand Team Up to Reform SNAP Benefits for Seniors – Sunshine State News
- I took a major step in ensuring that seniors have an adequate income and nourishment when I introduced the “Social Security for Future Generations Act of 2017.” This legislation, endorsed by several major advocacy groups throughout the country, increases benefits to seniors that would reduce food insecurity and hunger.
- The Social Security Administration serves our nation’s retirees so that benefits are paid in a timely fashion, and so that disability claims are processed with expediency. In March, I wrote a letter to the President, asking him to exempt the Social Security Administration from his government hiring freeze to ensure that millions of our seniors and retirees have access to the earned income that they deserve. 50 of my colleagues in Congress joined me in signing on to this letter.
- Cosponsored the 2100 Social Security Act, Pharmacy and Medically Underserved Areas Enhancement Act, Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act, Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2017, and the CPI-E Act of 2017