As millions of children and families recover from the health, educational, and economic impacts of the pandemic, there has never been a more important time to make significant investments in the child nutrition programs. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of the federal child nutrition programs, and a number of policy improvements that were made during COVID-19 could be implemented permanently by Congress.
We urge Members of Congress — in the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization process and economic recovery legislation — to cosponsor and continue to lift up the following bills to strengthen and expand programs.
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The Stop Child Hunger Act of 2021 (S. 1831 / H.R. 3519), introduced by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Representative Mike Levin (D-CA), would provide low-income families with children a Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card to purchase food. This bill builds on the success of the Pandemic EBT program and Summer EBT pilot program to provide additional support for families during the summer, school breaks, and unanticipated school closures. It does not replace school meals or the Summer Nutrition Programs.