Bi-Partisan COVID-19 Stimulus Package Supports Many Top Academy Priorities

12/16/2020 - The Academy has been committed to COVID-19 relief efforts to address food insecurity and health disparities since spring 2020. Thanks to the ongoing advocacy work of Academy members, many of these policy priorities are included in the bipartisan, bicameral Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act.

Americans have waited long enough for a stimulus package to help mitigate the continued hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Academy urges Congress to pass a stimulus bill before leaving for recess and to be prepared to return in the new year ready to continue the fight for strong nutrition policies aimed at addressing health disparities magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key health and nutrition highlights in the Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act include:

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

  • Temporarily increases SNAP benefits by 15%

Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program

  • $100 million for GusNIP
  • Non-federal match capped at 10% during COVID-19 national crisis
  • Applies to active grant programs and there is no cap on maximum funds programs can be awarded

School Meals and the Child and Adult Care Food Program

  • Provides funds to school food authorities and CACFP sponsors to support financial challenges due to lost revenue from lower than expected meal service
  • P-EBT benefits extended to children in childcare settings

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

  • Temporarily increases the cash value benefit for the purchase of fruit and vegetables

Older Americans Act Nutrition Programs

  • Provides $750 million for OAA senior nutrition programs

The Emergency Food Assistance Program

  • Provides funding for The Emergency Food Assistance Program, including funds for storage and administration, to support food banks and food pantries

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

  • Allows additional food funds for Indian reservations