What you need to know:

  • Before leaving for the holidays, Congress passed a year-end package with COVID relief (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021), which provides an immediate and essential downpayment on nutrition and other critical assistance for tens of millions of people across the country whose lives have been upended by the pandemic. The relief package boosts the SNAP maximum benefit by 15 percent for six months (through June 30, 2021), among other nutrition and anti-poverty provisions. 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