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.