American Families Should Not Be Denied Food Just Because They Live in Puerto Rico

Fact Sheet

Woman in grocery store looking at food options.

In Puerto Rico, low-income American citizens are denied help buying food because of where they live.

Puerto Ricans are American citizens, just like people born in the 50 states. But the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the country’s most important food program for people whose jobs don’t pay enough to feed their families, excludes Americans who live on the island. This cruel exclusion deepens the island’s hunger and poverty, which is already severe, damaging the health and well-being of children and families.


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