Congress Passes Short Term Funding Bill - Joint Statement from Advocates
Today, the President was presented Continuing Resolution (H.R. 8337) after it was passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and it is pending his signature. H.R. 8337 will deliver much needed nutrition assistance to millions of California students and their families. We applaud House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her leadership, and for securing bipartisan support to extend and expand Pandemic EBT and other key nutrition programs included in the bill. Below is a summary of the bill’s highlights with respect to preventing hunger.
While the continuing resolution offers significant help to Californians who are struggling to meet their basic needs in the wake of COVID-19, without additional relief, hunger and economic hardship will continue to rise. Notably, the bill did not include a boost in benefits to the nation’s largest and most effective anti-hunger program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as CalFresh in California. To prevent additional hunger and harm, we demand that Congress begin work immediately to correct this misstep and resume negotiations on the next COVID relief package.
Congress must take additional action to mitigate the racial and economic disparities in food access that have been exposed and exacerbated by the pandemic. According to a report issued this week by the California Budget and Policy Center, more than 20% of Black and Latinx households with children are struggling to afford enough food in California, compared to about 9% of white households. Many of these same Californians are immigrants and essential workers who, in a cruel twist, are at greater risk of COVID-19, because they are on the front lines of the pandemic, risking their lives and health by growing, picking, packing and selling the food that the rest of the country relies on. In the absence of additional congressional action, state leaders must also act to prevent these longstanding disparities from worsening.
Summary of Key Nutrition Provisions in H.R. 8337 Continuing Resolution
Finally, we are grateful to our national anti-hunger partners. Their statements on the passage of the Senate Farm and Nutrition Act – H.R. 8337 can be found here:
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