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:
- Extend the 15 percent 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
- 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.