What you need to know:

  • School Meal Waivers Update: On October 9 USDA announced the extension of critical waivers which will allow the continued operation of Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option through June 30, 2021. On September 21, nearly 1,400 national, state, and local organizations signed on to a letter asking USDA to extend all child nutrition waivers through the rest of the 2020-2021 school year.
  • On October 1, the House passed an updated HEROES Act, a comprehensive-COVID-19 relief bill that includes much-needed SNAP benefit boosts that are critical to reducing the number of hungry households and to stimulating the economy. The bill contains additional nutrition provisions and makes investments in other vital programs that assist people in meeting their basic needs during COVID-19. FRAC urges the Senate to quickly pass the bill and the President to sign it into law. Read our statement and analysis.
  • On September 30, the Senate passed and the President signed into law H.R.8337, a bill making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2021 through December 11, 2020. The bill, which passed the House on September 22, takes important steps to address childhood hunger, including strengthening and expanding Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) through fiscal year 2021 and extending USDA’s authority to issue nutrition program waivers through fiscal year 2021. Check out FRAC’s statement and the House Appropriations Committee’s section-by-section summary for more information.
  • Explore how you can leverage Federal Nutrition Resources for Disaster Recovery during COVID-19.
  • Take action to tell Congress and the White House: pass and enact a final COVID-19 deal that boosts SNAP benefits and makes investments in other critical programs.

Federal Nutrition Programs: Response to COVID-19