October 2, 2023 (Washington, D.C.) — On Saturday, September 30, the District’s Chief Financial Office (CFO) released September 2023 Revenue estimates higher than estimated at the passage of the fiscal year (FY) 2024 budget. This automatically triggered an amendment from Councilmember Janeese Lewis George to partially fund Give SNAP a Raise (GSAR) and restore $20 million in support for excluded workers. 

The amendment releases local funds to provide D.C. residents on SNAP with a 10 percent increase to their maximum benefits — the average D.C. family will receive $47 in additional SNAP benefits each month. Up to $300,000 may also be used to update information technology systems to support the provision of food assistance benefits. 

“This funding will make a huge difference in the lives of our community members,” says DC Greens Policy Director Reana Kim. “Unlocking this funding puts us on the right path, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Nearly 69,000 community members in the nation’s capital are struggling with hunger — a quarter of whom are children. The Council must work diligently to ensure that the bill is fully funded in the next budget cycle. We are grateful to Councilmember Henderson for introducing Give SNAP a Raise and to Councilmember Lewis George for championing this critical amendment.” 

DC Greens remains committed to fighting for full funding for Give SNAP a Raise and 

to ensuring the needs of D.C. residents are prioritized. 

Grocery basket full of food