Alliance to End Hunger Applauds White House’s American Families Plan

May 4, 2021

Contact: Nathan Magrath
media@alliancetoendhunger.org

WASHINGTON (May 4, 2021) – The Alliance to End Hunger applauds the Biden Administration’s American Families Plan and the strong food security and nutrition policies contained therein.

The American Families Plan proposes a number of policies to strengthen and enhance nutrition programs. Among key provisions is the proposal to make the Summer EBT program permanent nationwide so that children eligible for free and reduced school meals have access to nutritious foods when school is not in session. Additionally, the proposal makes investments to ensure more children attending high-poverty schools have access to free meals and provides incentives for schools to offer meals that exceed current nutrition standards. Finally, the proposal would also expand eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to include certain formerly-incarcerated individuals working to re-enter their communities and rebuild their lives.

“The Alliance applauds the American Families Plan as it will increase the opportunities for families impacted by the COVID19 pandemic to participate in a strong recovery.  The welcomed investment in Summer EBT addressing a long-standing and significant gap in child nutrition,” stated Alliance Executive Director Eric Mitchell. “Further, expanding access to free school meals and incentives for schools to offer nutritious meals will enhance child nutrition greatly.  We are especially grateful the Biden administration has tackled a rule that has disproportionately hurt Black, Indigenous and communities of color, which have been hit exceptionally hard during the pandemic, by removing the felony-drug conviction ban from SNAP.”

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About the Alliance to End Hunger

The Alliance to End Hunger engages diverse institutions to build the public and political will to end hunger at home and abroad. Our coalition of corporations, nonprofits, universities, foundations, individuals, and more work with their unique constituencies to raise the profile of the issues of hunger, nutrition, and agriculture to elected officials and broader stakeholders.