Thursday, September 10, 2020

Advocates push Congress to act to curb child hunger

From the National Journal

With millions of children going hungry, advocates are warning that Congress and federal officials need to step up their response to ensure kids have access to nutritious food during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Agriculture Department last week announced it would extend a food program providing free meals to children into the fall, a move that lawmakers and hunger advocates praised. 

But advocates argue the program needs to be available for the rest of the academic calendar going into 2021. They’re also calling on Congress to continue a pandemic food-benefit program and to boost food-stamp benefits. Read more here: