04/30/2021 - As families begin to recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the new, proposed American Families Plan includes several Academy priorities aimed at addressing nutrition security.
The pandemic has accelerated the need to invest in critical nutrition programs to address nutrition insecurity, which has disproportionately impacted communities of color. The plan includes provisions that would support American families by:
- Expanding the summer Electronic Benefit Transfer program to provide families with access to healthy food during the summer
- Increasing access to school meals through the Community Eligibility Program, which is a program that helps schools provide healthy school meals to all students
- Providing money to school districts to help meet and exceed strong nutrition standards in their child nutrition programs.
The Academy believes these nutrition provisions would be an important step in addressing the country's nutrition insecurity crisis. We will continue to advocate for additional investments such as Healthy School Meals for All and nutrition education outlined in the Academy's COVID-19 recovery priorities.
The American Families Plan also calls on Congress to create a national comprehensive paid family and medical leave program, provide universal preschool for young children and improve affordability of child care and higher education.
The release of the plan is the first step in passing legislation to help American families recover from the impact of the pandemic. The Biden administration has outlined its priorities and now the House and Senate must begin deliberations to create their legislative packages.
The Academy will continue advocating and calling on Congress to support strong food and nutrition policies.