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Santa Barbara Congressmen Backs Plan For Expansion Of Emergency Federal Food Assistance

A Santa Barbara congressman has co-authored a bill which calls for the expansion of the availability of meals for those in need during emergencies.

The legislation would expand help for people already receiving federal food assistance, by allowing them to participate in FEMA programs.  The law currently bans people already in federal food programs like “SNAP” from accessing other emergency federal food programs.

The legislation is co-sponsored by Democratic Congressman Salud Carbajal of Santa Barbara and Democratic Congressman Tony Cardenas from Pacoima.

The congressmen say with the pandemic hitting the economy hard, more people than ever need help.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.