Roommates, the Biden Administration is making moves to address hunger and food insecurity in the United States. According to NBC News, the Agricultural Department said that the administration plans to launch a summer food program. An official announcement will be made today. This program will feed approximately 34 million low-income children while they’re out of school for summer break.
The Agricultural Department labeled the project as “the largest summer food program in the country’s history.” Millions of children will receive about $375 each to purchase food throughout the 10 weeks of summer break. If spent only on the weekdays, the amount breaks down to approximately $7 per day.
Stacy Dean, who is the deputy under secretary of agriculture for food, nutrition and consumer services, gave a statement on the program.
“Congress, through the American Rescue Plan, expanded this program to operate during the summer, which I think was just highly responsive to what we need right now,” Stacy said. “We know that summer hunger is a problem in normal years, but obviously this year, with heightened food hardship as a result of the pandemic, we’re happy to deploy the program this summer.”
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The food program will feature automatic enrollment for children who receive free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. Children under 6 will also be automatically enrolled if they currently qualify for benefits from the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
This new program will run similarly to the SNAP program, which means that qualified individuals will receive a card loaded with the appropriate funds. The card is named the “Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer” or “P-EBT” cards for short. State agencies will be responsible for mailing the cards to families. NBC News reported that parents can expect to receive their cards within the “coming weeks,” but the arrival time ultimately depends on each state.
Like SNAP, the cards can only be used to buy food items. Some eligible purchases are: “fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy, breads, cereals” and additional foods. However, the funds cannot be used to buy hot foods within stores or businesses. The card also prohibits the purchase of “alcohol, tobacco, medications” and any nonfood items.
Congress has allocated money to run the program during the summers of 2021 and 2022.
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