Statement Attributed to Vince Hall, Chief Government Relations Officer
“Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief network of 200 food banks, 21 statewide associations and 60,000 faith-based and non-profit partner food pantries and meal programs, applauds Congress for passing the Keep Kids Fed Act, which will help ensure children are able to access much-needed nutrition in the months ahead. We thank President Biden for signing this much needed legislation into law on Saturday morning.
“We appreciate the bi-partisan and bi-cameral leadership of Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Boozman (R-AR) and Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA 03) and Virginia Foxx (R-NC 05) to find common ground and a path toward helping provide the stability, predictability, and an assurance that children and meal providers need this summer and through the coming school year. The bill that has now passed both chambers provides temporary authority to USDA to continue summer and school meal program flexibilities and increase reimbursement rates to help offset rising food costs, supply chain disruptions, and ongoing barriers to reaching kids in rural areas. As it stands, schools, food banks and communities need continued flexibilities to safely plan for and offer summer meal programs and nutrition assistance during the next school year.
“Feeding America applauds Congress for passing this important bill. We look forward to working with them on future legislation to ensure child nutrition programs remain strong and responsive to local needs in the months and years ahead.”
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About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of more than 200 food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations, and over 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries and meal programs, we helped provide 6.6 billion meals to tens of millions of people in need last year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; brings attention to the social and systemic barriers that contribute to food insecurity in our nation; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.