An executive order signed by President Joe Biden this past Friday will help curb pandemic-induced hunger for millions of Americans in states including Arizona.
There was record-setting unemployment and sudden care expenses due to the pandemic caused a huge spike in the number of hungry Americans in 2020. In fact, Feeding America, considered the largest hunger-relief organization in the U.S., originally estimated the number of people experiencing food insecurity in the United States would balloon up to 50 million by the end of the year.
In fact, one of the two latest orders from the White House hopes to provide much-needed relief to those facing the unparallel hunger crisis.
The new executive order from Biden calls for the following:
There would be an increase in the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program by 15 percent. This is according to a Forbes report. The program now allows low-income families to receive up to $5.70 per child for each day of school meals missed due to COVID-related closures. The order would give a family of three children more than $100 in extra benefits every two months.
Also, expand eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It is more commonly known as food stamps. They provide funds for low-income families to buy food. In fact, this expansion would help the program get to an additional 12 million people.
In fact, the American people can’t afford to wait, Brian Deese, the National Economic Council director, said last Friday. Many are hanging by a thread. In fact, they need help. Therefore, we are committed to doing everything we can to provide that help as fast as possible.”
The basis for determining SNAP benefits is the most profound changes in included in Friday’s order. Lisa Davis, senior vice president of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, said when addressing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Thrifty Food Plan.