I am absolutely horrified with this announcement of late. Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin signed two bills Monday that will extend the state’s “cocktails to go” policy until July 1, 2024. Lawmakers have made the pandemic-era policy permanent despite issues with underage sales, which were giving them pause. However, the policy allows customers to “take out alcoholic beverages from restaurants and bars and/or have them delivered to their homes (Paraphrased).”
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia started allowing restaurants and bars to sell alcoholic beverages for takeout as an economic relief measure. The two bills signed by Youngkin — HB 426 and SB 254 — extend the cocktails to-go policy for another two years through 2024. (Source)
In an ironic twist the emergency food stamps — SNAP Benefits — allotted to poor families at the poverty level in Virginia are slated to expire on April 15, 2022, as Youngkin has declared Virginia a non-emergency state and will more than likely not distribute the USDA monies provided for April to the poor on April 16th as this would be past the expiration he has set. Nonetheless, the USDA has stated that the monies are available until the end of April if governors across the country want to use them to help their citizenry. Keywords “if they want to or decide to” and “option to” — no guarantees.
“State SNAP agencies have had the option to issue emergency allotments (on a month-to-month basis) to all SNAP households if the state meets certain criteria. As long as there’s a national public health emergency (PHE) in place — and the state has a state-level emergency declaration in place — states may choose to continue to provide monthly emergency allotments.” (Source) To date, Youngkin has made no official statement regarding the fate of these much-needed food stamps for families and neither has the Department of Human Services (DHS).
My anger is that there are many poor families in Virginia especially in the coal mining areas and near the Appalachians. These families struggle more so than the impoverished in towns or cities of Virginia. It is truly sad to witness and having volunteered at the church in my neighborhood the number of homeless veterans and those with mental illness need these food stamps, which are electronically deposited on a card to survive. Many of the food pantries now have shortages and just will not be able to handle the overflow this will bring.
No matter what your personal opinion about the poor and impoverished may be — I personally believe every human being and child deserves to eat. The fact that this nation provides for all the illegals Biden has brought in but may stop providing for its own citizenry disgusts me. In light of the food shortages and high food prices due to inflation inflicted upon us all because of Biden’s bad policies and choices, I would find it unusually cruel and inhumane to deprive our own citizenry of food.
Our new governor in Virginia is doing a good job, but the USDA has already approved the Virginia April Waiver for food, and if he does not make an announcement and refuses to give this to the people in need, for me he will be worse than most Democrats. How hypocritical would it be for money to keep the cocktails coming “to go,” yet deprive the poor of the continued opportunity to feed themselves and their families — especially if there are babies, children, and elderly involved?
Most politicians of both parties share one main quality, they lie!