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P-EBT Gives States an Important Way to Help Hungry Children

December 17, 2020

Massachusetts yesterday became the first state to receive federal approval to issue benefits through the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program to replace the free or reduced-price meals that children are missing at school during this school year, but every other state has the authority and experience to begin issuing P-EBT benefits as well.

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School Districts, Governors Can Use Free Meals to Mitigate Hardship

August 19, 2020

School districts can offer school meals in low-income communities at no charge to families under the federal community eligibility provision, but they must opt in by August 31. Adopting this simple four-year option would help mitigate not just...

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Remaining 8 States Should Help Families Losing School Meals

June 10, 2020

A staggering 1 in 3 families with children say they don’t have enough food, and that’s in part because schools where lots of children normally eat free or reduced-price meals are closed. A new federal program (...

8 States Not Yet Approved to Run Pandemic-EBT Programs for Families Losing Free or Reduced-Price School Meals

States Can Help Low-Income Children Get Enough to Eat During the Pandemic

April 10, 2020

States can use a new temporary program — Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) — to help get food to the nearly 30 million children in low-income families who can’t access their free or reduced-price school meals due to widespread school...

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Governors’ Coronavirus Plans Must Protect Nutrition for Pregnant Women, Young Children

March 18, 2020

Governors can use the flexibility that the pending Families First Coronavirus Response Act would give them to ensure that WIC benefits remain accessible even if COVID-19...

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Policymakers Can Boost Very Young Children’s Nutrition, Health

February 27, 2020

A new bill from Senator Sherrod Brown would support states’ efforts to enroll more low-income families in WIC.

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States Can Boost WIC, Improve Outcomes for Low-Income Women, Young Children

December 9, 2019

State policymakers can do more to ensure that low-income women and young children participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). Just over half of those eligible currently participate, despite WIC’s well-documented role in improving birth, diet, health, and developmental outcomes. By...

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Yet Another Reason to Make Sure Young Children Have Enough to Eat

February 28, 2017

Toddlers living in food-insecure families are likelier to perform poorly when they enter school, a recent study found. It’s more evidence that SNAP and WIC, by reducing food insecurity, can pay off both now...

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SNAP and WIC Help Young Children Now and in the Future

February 27, 2017

The federal budget season will soon begin, so it’s a good time to remind policymakers about the research showing how important SNAP (food stamps) and WIC are for children...

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Proposed WIC Changes Would Weaken Efforts to Cut Costs and Fight Fraud

May 17, 2016

A bill from Rep. Todd Rokita, which the House Education and Workforce Committee is scheduled to consider tomorrow, would change the...