Alliance to End Hunger Applauds Continuing Resolution, Urges Continued Support at Home and Abroad.
September 25, 2020
Washington, D.C. – The Alliance to End Hunger applauds the passage of the Continuing Resolution in the House of Representatives, which contains nearly $8 billion in nutrition assistance for children and families, while underscoring that critical work needs to be done to address the urgent needs of hungry people in the Unites States and around the world.
The Continuing Resolution (H.R. 8337), which passed the House with bipartisan support on September 23, extends funding for the U.S. government through December 11. Included in the bill are extensions of critical provisions that support child and family nutrition. Among the important provisions was an extension of Pandemic EBT (P-EBT), which provides families with EBT cards to subsidize their child’s meals when schools are closed. Also included are extensions of much-needed flexibilities within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which helps the program respond to the dynamic challenges posed by the ongoing health and economic crises. Important waivers were also provided for the National School Lunch Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
“We are grateful for the hard work that went into negotiating a bill that will help hungry people in the United States for the time being,” stated Asma Lateef, Interim Executive Director for the Alliance. “However, vulnerable people are still facing a crisis for the foreseeable future, as well as a global hunger emergency that will have long-term implications for everyone. We are happy to see this vital step and urge the Senate to pass this CR quickly. We call on Congress and the Administration to move with urgency to address the continuing hunger crisis through a COVID-19 relief package.”