Biden Expands Summer time Eating Program for 34 Million College Youngsters – The Denver Submit
WASHINGTON – The Biden government is expanding a program to feed up to 34 million school children during the summer months using funds from the coronavirus relief package approved in March.
The Department of Agriculture announced Monday that it will continue a payments program to replace school meals through the summer as the pandemic has left many children with virtual classes. Families with eligible children would receive $ 6.82 per child for each weekday. That adds up to $ 375 per child in the summer months.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called the Summer Perks “a first, breakthrough intervention of its kind to reduce child hunger in the United States.”
The program reflects the efforts of the Biden government to virtually eradicate child poverty – an unprecedented boost in funding for parents, daycare centers and schools that could redesign the social safety net. Conservative critics have warned that the spending, if made permanent, could undermine poorer Americans’ willingness to work.
Stacy Dean, assistant secretary of state for food, nutrition and consumer services in agriculture, said Congress previously approved limited funding for pilot programs to test the effectiveness of payments. However, thanks to the coronavirus aid package, it was able to be rolled out nationwide.
In addition to the food aid, the aid package made it possible for parents to receive around 250 US dollars per month for each child between the ages of 6 and 17 from July onwards. Eligible families with one child under the age of 6 received $ 300 monthly. The payments are part of an expanded child discount that would expire at the end of this year under the terms of the latest coronavirus relief package.
President Joe Biden plans to extend monthly payments through 2025. The extension would be part of a multi-trillion dollar plan that he plans to announce in a joint speech to Congress on Wednesday.
Democratic lawmakers have called for the expanded tax credit to be permanent, with Sens. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Cory Booker of New Jersey, as well as Reps. Rosa DeLauro from Connecticut, Suzan DelBene from Washington and Ritchie Torres from New York issued a statement last week.
“The expansion of child tax credits is Washington’s most significant policy in generations, and Congress has a historic opportunity to provide a lifeline for the middle class and permanently cut child poverty in half,” the 20 statement said.
At the end of the school year, children traditionally switch to other forms of food aid such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. Still, administrative officials said summer feeding programs typically account for less than 20% of the number served during the school year.
Children can receive the new summer allowance if they are entitled to free or discounted meals during the school year or if they are under 6 years old and live in a SNAP household. Children who are already receiving SNAP will receive the benefits in addition to what they are already receiving.