SARA Supports Bipartisan Bill to Fight Hunger and Help Restaurants

The San Antonio Restaurant Association (SARA), a Chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association, and the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) thank U.S. Senator John Cornyn (Texas) and his colleague, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (Connecticut), for introducing the “State Emergency Restaurant & Vendor Enhancement and COVID-19 Anti-Hunger Restaurant Relief For You” Act (S. 4601), known as the “SERVE & CARRY Act.” Restaurants and food banks know the power of providing a nutritious meal to a family, and so we’re proud to work together to support a bipartisan bill that will give us more tools to feed families in need.

The SERVE & CARRY Act will create new opportunities for struggling restaurants to keep Texans employed and feeding their neighbors who have been impacted by COVID-19. It will also give new resources to our food banks, which have been truly overwhelmed by the increase in need by so many who have lost their jobs or have had to take a pay cut during this pandemic. Overall, this Act will help Texans feed Texans, stimulate our local economies, and get people back to work.

SARA is happy to partner with the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB) to help promote and sustain this program. “We are a unique city that will not allow our families to go hungry,” said Dawn Ann Larios, Executive Director of the San Antonio Restaurant Association. “The need for food and supplies has been so great during these unprecedented times, and while we may not always have the resources, we do everything that we can to find them. We can’t thank our Senator, John Cornyn, and his colleagues enough for filing the SERVE & CARRY Act. This Act will provide relief to our communities, our food banks, and our hardest hit sector in the country—the restaurant industry.”

“I want to thank Senator Cornyn for his leadership when it comes to making opportunities and investments available in the Serve & Carry Act and for supporting the SNAP program. This bi-partisan legislation can certainly help those that are now needing assistance from Food Banks due to the pandemic. The SERVE & CARRY Act would improve meal programs that ultimately would help restaurants within the SNAP program. So many are now facing hunger in our state and across the country. This proposed legislation can assist states in helping nourish those that are struggling with hunger during this time. This Bill, along with the opportunity in the Senate’s version of HEROES Act, would make a positive impact on the SNAP program and would absolutely go a long way for the families that we serve.” Eric Cooper, President & CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank.

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