Topic: Root Causes

The Child Tax Credit: An Opportunity for Anti-Hunger Stakeholders to Address Root Causes of Hunger

Director of Root Causes and Specific Populations

Ensuring that no one in America goes hungry is foundational to health, education, well-being, national security, economic priorities, and a more equitable America.

The Child Tax Credit (CTC) expansion included in the American Rescue Plan was a critical investment to address root causes of hunger–most notably poverty–and racial disparities. From July to December 2021, advanced monthly payments of the CTC provided families with a lifeline, which allowed them to put food on the table; pay housing expenses, debts, and childcare; and supplement lost wages due to the pandemic.