03/12/2020 - In a letter sent today, the Academy called for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand the flexibility for and direct funding towards the administration of federal nutrition programs to allow state and local entities to take prompt action to address the imminent needs of the community. The letter outlined specific requests for federal nutrition programs, including those aimed at serving our most vulnerable population — children and seniors — during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Academy applauds the swift action of the U.S. House of Representatives to introduce the Families First Coronavirus legislation, which supports expanded flexibility and funding that will ensure communities are equipped to meet the needs of their members. This bill includes provisions to strengthen food security through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, school meals, senior nutrition and the charitable food network.
The Academy urges USDA, HHS and Congress to continue taking action to allow the proper entities authority and funding to make immediate and necessary adjustments to the delivery of federal nutrition programs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.