Good news about Federal Nutrition Programs in the President’s Proposed Budget

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Our national allies, The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), had this good news to share about nutrition programs in the budget just released by President Obama:

President’s Budget Proposes Increasing Summer Child Nutrition Programs & Streamlining Food Stamp Applications For The Elderly

President Obama’s budget for 2017 includes a number of enhancements to anti-hunger programs, including a proposal to help school kids get more nutritious food during the summer.

The President proposes committing $12 billion to expand the Summer EBT program to every state.  With Summer EBT families get benefit cards – the same as used for food stamps – to use buying food for their children when school is out.  This approach has been piloted in several communities.  It would now be expanded to more states each year until the entire country was covered.

The budget also increases support for meals for seniors, USDA commodities distributed by food pantries, and, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.  The budget projects that 44.5 million Americans will receive food stamps next year, about one million fewer people than received benefits in late 2015.

A special effort to streamline and simplify the food stamp application for the elderly is also in next year’s budget.  These changes should make it easier for eligible seniors to receive SNAP benefits.

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