Academy Urges Congress to Prioritize Federal Nutrition Program Funding

04/16/2020 - The Academy urges Congress to act now to ensure access to healthy food and protect jobs for those on the frontlines feeding their communities, including Academy members. In a letter sent to congressional leadership yesterday, the Academy requested that the fourth COVID-19 relief package not only provide provisions to manage the immediate impact of the pandemic, but also look to recovery.

The Academy requests the packaged to include the following provisions:

  • Invest in SNAP;
  • Extend the Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer through the summer;
  • Invest in recovery efforts for school nutrition and child care programs;
  • Invest in school kitchen equipment grants;
  • Increase benefits for fruit and vegetable purchases through WIC;
  • Provide personal protective equipment for community food providers;
  • Allow for flexibilities in SNAP-Ed for the COVID-19 response; and
  • Invest in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).

Read the Academy's letter.