What’s at Stake?
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly impact people facing hunger and challenging food banks to meet the higher demand for emergency food assistance. Feeding America food banks have reported a 55 percent average increase in demand for food assistance, and nearly 40 percent of people served at food banks since the beginning of the pandemic are new to the charitable food system.
Feeding America estimates that 42 million people (1 in 8), including 13 million children (1 in 6), may experience food insecurity in 2021. With the sustained demand for food assistance, people facing hunger and food banks across the nation will need additional investments in nutrition programs to put food on the table.
What’s Feeding America Doing?
Feeding America is fighting to:
- Increase funding for food purchases to support food banks’ capacity to feed our neighbors in need, specifically through an additional $900 million for food purchases through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP).
- Extend and expand Summer EBT, currently operating as Pandemic-EBT (a program that provides extra money for households with children who have lost access to nutritious school and child care meals), to ensure USDA has the authority needed to continue this important program during summers and for future school closings.
- Extend the temporary increases in the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit to provide families with children and working adults additional critical economic resources.
- Lower the eligibility threshold for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) from 40 percent to 25 percent for all schools. This would expand automatic enrollment in CEP, so there are fewer barriers between kids who need meals and programs to feed them.