Phone call food stamp applications streamlined under proposed bill

Published: Sep. 26, 2023 at 6:05 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON (WCAX) - Getting food stamps could be just a phone call away under a new bill in Congress.

Vermont Sen. Peter Welch and New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster on Monday were among the sponsors of the Streamlining Nutrition Paperwork Act of 2023.

The measure aims to modernize the SNAP Act -- which helps low-income people access food stamps -- by making it easier to apply for SNAP benefits over the phone by allowing the use of verbal affirmation instead of expensive recording software that is only available in some states.

“We need to do everything in our power to make it easier, not harder, for folks to get connected to the nutrition assistance programs they need. This bill will streamline the process of signing up for SNAP, and help individuals and families in rural Vermont—and in rural communities across America—get access to the food they need,” Welch, D-Vermont, said in a statement.