President’s FY2016 Budget

On February 2nd, President Obama released his FY2016 budget.

Despite a recovering economy, there is still a great need to sustain and improve the federal safety net, including the nutrition programs that are a key part of it, for the more than 49 million Americans living in households struggling against hunger. These programs serve as the first line of defense against hunger. President Obama’s proposed FY2016 Budget, released on February 2nd, contains a number of steps to address hunger, bad nutrition and poverty. They include:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

  • $83.692 billion for SNAP, which is estimated to serve an average caseload of 45.7 million individuals and support the current 83 percent participation rate among eligible people. New SNAP initiatives include proposals for:
    • $9 million for state options to streamline application processes for the elderly;
    • $25 million for states transitioning off ABAWD (Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents) high jobless area waivers to help them bolster Employment & Training (E&T) services for certain adults facing time limits on SNAP benefits;
    • $1.5 million for SNAP E & T Center for Excellence;
    • $2 million to continue SNAP Nutrition Education Center for Excellence; and
    • $1.2 million for technical assistance for states implementing Nutrition Education program

 Child Nutrition Programs

  • $6.623 billion for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), including a $150 million contingency fund to support an anticipated caseload of 8.5 million women, infants, and children in WIC.The President’s budget also includes funding for WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling ($60 million), infrastructure and technical assistance ($14 million), program initiatives and evaluations ($16 million), and state WIC/MIS computer systems and EBT implementation ($55 million
  • $67 million to expand the summer electronic benefit transfer (Summer EBT) pilots, which are designed to supplement the existing Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), in an effort to address childhood hunger experienced over the summer months when children lose access to school meals. A Summer EBT card is similar to a debit card and provides extra nutritional resources to families with children qualified to receive free or reduced price school meals. As many as 200,000 families could benefit from the expansion of the Summer EBT pilots beginning in summer 2016.
  • $35 million in school equipment grants to enable school districts to build their capacity to prepare meals on-site that are healthier and more cost-effective to produce. These grants would aid school districts implementing the new nutrition standards legislated by the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC)

  • Permanent extension of key provisions that improved the EITC and CTC. Those improvements are slated to expire in 2017.
  • Substantial improvement in the small EITC currently available to poor working adults without children.


For last year’s analysis…

Resources for the President’s Budget