U.S. Department of Agriculture

Food Banks and Community Partners​: $4 billion is provided to USDA, of which $3.6 billion is allocated to be used at the USDA’s Secretary’s discretion to support the food supply chain, including purchasing food and agricultural commodities; making grants and loans for small to mid-sized processors, seafood processing facilities, farmers markets, producers and other organizations to respond to COVID-19.

SNAP​: Extends SNAP maximum benefits by 15 percent through September 30, 2021; and provides $1.1 billion in administrative funding distributed to all states to address increased caseloads and demands for food assistance. The legislation also provides $25 million to improve and modernize States’ SNAP online purchase pilot programs.

WIC​: $800 million in additional funding is provided to the​ Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children​ (WIC) program and the legislation also temporarily boosts the value of WIC Cash Value Vouchers for vulnerable mothers and their children.

Senior Nutrition​: $37 million in additional funding is provided to USDA’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program to improve the health and nutrition of low-income Americans at least 60 years old in age through access to nutritious food.

Youth Nutrition​: $5 billion was approved to maintain and expand the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program so that low-income families have access to school meals and food assistance during both the school year and summer months during a federally declared public health emergency designation.

Nutrition for the Homeless:​ Temporarily expands access to USDA’s Child and Adult Care 3 Food Program (CACFP) so that young adults under 25 years of age at emergency homeless shelters are eligible for needed nutrition support.

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Dalen HarrisAssistant Executive Director, Children, Health, and Human Services