(January 31, 2020 – Washington, D.C.) — Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced sent a letter to the House Committee on Appropriations to express her support for the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2020 H.R. 5687 that would allocate disaster money for Puerto Rico. The proposed legislation would provide $4.67 billion for educational needs, transportation infrastructure repairs, and disaster relief activities, including nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico after the seismic sequence that continues to affect the south and southwest parts of the island.
However, while the proposed allocation of $4.67 billion would provide disaster relief for families that are currently suffering from economic and job loss, displacement, interruption of essentials services, and trauma; the $40 million included for nutritional assistance will not fully provide for Puerto Rico’s nutritional needs. In her letter, Governor Vázquez Garced urges the House Committee on Appropriations to increase the assignation of disaster nutrition assistance in the proposed legislation from $40 million to $210 million. This increase in funding would provide the necessary funding to ensure that families in Puerto Rico have access to much needed nutritional assistance.
“Our hope is to be able to guarantee access to resources and assistance to thousands of U.S. citizens that continue to be affected by ongoing seismic activity. PRFAA will continue to work with Congress and federal agencies to ensure that U.S. citizens residing on the island have access to equitable and much needed nutritional assistance” said Jennifer M. Storipan, Esq.