Last week, multiple House committees approved parts of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package. The legislation is expected to clear the House with a floor vote by the end of the month. It will then move to the Senate for consideration. Nourish California commends House Chairs and Members of the California delegation for the important legislation passed out of their committees last week.
We are pleased that the proposed relief package would:
- Extend the 15 percent increase in SNAP/CalFresh through September
- Extend the Pandemic EBT program through the summer months
- Invest $740 million to support nutrition programs for older Americans
- Boost the WIC Cash Value Benefit and provide $390 million for WIC outreach and modernization
- Temporarily expand eligibility for the Child and Adult Care Food Program at emergency homeless shelters for youth from age 18 to 25
- Provide emergency funding to stabilize the child care sector and public schools, including $40 billion for child care and $130 billion for schools
- Fund much needed state fiscal relief so California isn’t forced to cut critical health and social services at the worst possible time
- Provide significant economic relief to those experiencing the greatest need through measures focused on low- and moderate-income households, including direct payments, an extension of unemployment benefits, and expansions in the Child Tax Credit, the Child and Dependent Tax Credit, and the Earned Income Tax Credit
Together, the legislation will help millions of Californians get through this unprecedented crisis. Even with the help Congress has provided so far, families are still running out of food. The need is as urgent as ever. Nourish California urges congress to quickly pass the legislation.