SUPPORTING THE HUNGRY
The American Rescue Plan combats food insecurity in low-income households by investing in critical nutrition programs and expanding existing flexibilities in nutrition program administration.
MAKES INVESTMENTS IN FOOD SECURITY THROUGH SNAP, WIC AND PANDEMIC EBT
Extends the 15% boost in the maximum Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit through September, 30, 2021.
Provides $1.1 billion in additional SNAP administrative funds to help states meet the demand of increased caseloads and $25 million to improve state SNAP online pilots
Allocates $800 million for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program to support low-income women and infants, and temporarily boosts the value of WIC Cash Value Vouchers for vulnerable mothers and their children
Adds $37 million to cover food shortfalls in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program which seeks to improve the health and nutrition of low-income Americans over 60 years old through access to nutritious food.
MAINTAINS AND EXPANDS THE PANDEMIC-EBT (P-EBT) PROGRAM
Provides $5 billion for P-EBT so low-income families have access to school meals and food assistance during both the school year and summer months
EXPANDS ACCESS TO THE USDA’S CHILD AND ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM (CACFP)
This legislation temporarily expands the age of eligibility for CACFP at emergency homeless shelters to ensure more young adults can access nutrition support.