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Nicole Aber, 646-627-7741
Advocates Urge Senate to Pass Resolution, Work with House to Provide Additional Funding for 54 Million Food Insecure Individuals
The U.S. House of Representatives passed last night a Continuing Resolution that would extend the Pandemic-EBT program for families with school-aged children through September 30, 2021. The Resolution also expands Pandemic-EBT benefits, which are meant to cover the cost of school meals while students are learning remotely and which was set to expire on September 30, 2020, to include kids in child care as well as children in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories. The Continuing Resolution also allows USDA to extend waivers through the 2020-2021 school year that make it easier for school districts to feed children while schools are closed in addition to allocating funding to states for administrative costs of the Pandemic-EBT program.
In response, Joel Berg, CEO of Hunger Free America, a nationwide nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, said:
“The Continuing Resolution is an important step in the right direction, and we urge the Senate to pass it immediately. However, the Senate still needs to do more to support low-income Americans struggling with hunger as a result of job loss and school closures during the pandemic. 130 days ago, the House passed the Heroes Act, which contains important measures to alleviate the current hunger crisis including a 15 percent increase in funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). We stand behind the provisions in the Heroes Act as the most effective way to help the estimated 54 million Americans who are now facing food insecurity.”