Academy Priorities Are Part of Biden Administration’s COVID-19 Relief Proposal

1/15/2021 - President-elect Joe Biden on January 14 released the “American Rescue Plan,” a $1.9 billion emergency legislative package to fund vaccinations and health care, provide direct relief to individuals and families disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and support struggling communities.

The Academy is poised to work with the Biden-Harris administration on this plan. It includes:

Food Assistance

  • Extend the 15% Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefit increase beyond the six months outlined in the December 2020 relief bill
  • Invest $3 billion to help women, infants and children get the food and nutrition education they need through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Program
  • Provide $1 billion in additional nutrition assistance for thousands of families in Puerto Rico, American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Partner with restaurants to feed hungry families and keep restaurant workers on the job.

Vaccinations and Health Care

  • Set up community vaccination sites nationwide, scale up testing and tracing and eliminate supply shortages
  • Mobilize a public health jobs program to support COVID-19 response
  • Provide funding for states to deploy “strike teams” to long-term care facilities experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks

Schools and Child Care

  • Invest to safely reopen most K-8 schools in the first 100 days of the administration
  • Expand access to high-quality, affordable child care.

Aid to Families

  • Provide $1,400 per person in additional pandemic relief checks
  • Extend federal unemployment insurance supplements

Struggling Communities

  • Expand the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, with $35 billion directed to public institutions, including community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other Minority Serving Institutions.

 The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted, now more than ever, the importance of strong nutrition policies, from access to high-quality health care to sustainable food systems. The Academy highlighted its priorities in these areas in a communication to President-elect Biden on November 24, 2020.