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CONGRESSWOMAN STACEY E. PLASKETT STATEMENT ON THE VIRGIN ISLANDS RECEIVING A WAIVER TO PROVIDE SNAP BENEFITS THROUGH MAY 31, 2020

3/24/20, March 24, 2020

For Immediate Release                         Contact: Michael J. McQuerry
March 24, 2020                                                    202-215-8524

PRESS RELEASE

CONGRESSWOMAN STACEY E. PLASKETT STATEMENT ON THE VIRGIN ISLANDS RECEIVING A WAIVER TO PROVIDE SNAP BENEFITS THROUGH MAY 31, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Stacey E. Plaskett released this statement in regards to the Virgin Islands receiving a waiver to provide SNAP benefits through May 31, 20202:

“As a Member of Congress, I recognize that Americans urgently need a coordinated, fully-funded, whole-of-government response to keep us safe from the widening coronavirus epidemic. 

“The Family First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) provides $1 billion in grant funding to help states and territories manage things like SNAP, student meals, seniors nutrition and food banks; and additional federal funding for Medicaid. Today I was informed that the Virgin Islands will receive a waiver until May 31, 2020.

“The USDA has approved the Virgin Islands waiver requests to allow WIC program remote issuance of benefits.  During COVID-19 response local agencies are closed or hours significantly disrupted and social distancing is practiced.  This important waiver allows the The Virgin Islands to automatically load monthly benefits onto a WIC card. Remote issuance facilitates continued access to healthy foods and formula for enrolled children, women, mothers and babies during COVID-19 related disrupted services.  

“Lives are at stake, and we must act now to put families first. I commend the House leadership on taking the lead on this issue and for making provisions so Americans living in the territories are included.”

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