What you need to know:

  • On March 10, the House passed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, sending it to the President for his signature. The COVID-19 relief bill will help bolster nutrition assistance for tens of millions of people across the country. Explore the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Facts on Nutrition Assistance in the American Rescue Plan.
  • On January 22, President Biden signed executive orders, which, among other things, ask USDA to take steps to strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Pandemic EBT (P-EBT). Check out FRAC’s statement for more information.
  • On December 27, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 was signed into law. The appropriations and COVID-19 relief package provided an immediate and essential downpayment on nutrition and other critical assistance, including boosting the SNAP maximum benefit by 15 percent through June 30, 2021. Check out FRAC’s statement and Action Center for more information.
  • School Meal Waivers: 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.
  • Explore how you can leverage Federal Nutrition Resources for Disaster Recovery during COVID-19.

Federal Nutrition Programs: Response to COVID-19