Food & Income Security

Headline:

The Biden Administration has announced an $8B package of new actions that business, civic, academic, and philanthropic leaders are taking to end hunger and reduce diet-related disease.

Last-reviewed: 3pm, Oct. 4, 2022

Key Resources:

The Basics

  • The Biden-Harris Administration has announced an $8B package of new actions that business, civic, academic, and philanthropic leaders are taking to end hunger and reduce diet-related disease.
  • Recordings from the September 28, 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, & Health will be available for viewing at YouTube.com/WhiteHouse.
  • Meals on Wheels America is providing nutritional support to homebound seniors. Find a state/local nutrition program site.
  • Many Social Security offices are open for walk-in service. Check the status of a local office on the SSA website. Due to long in-person wait times, the SSA advises people to complete services online or by calling a local office whenever possible. 
  • The SSA has revised instructions for evaluating cases after an acute phase of COVID-19, including Long COVID.
  • For students to receive free or reduced-price school meals during the 2022-23 school year, families in most school districts must submit an application through their child’s school and be found eligible.
  • Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, USDA is permitting a majority of US states to issue supplemental SNAP benefits through October 2022.

The Breakdown

  • Before the September 28, 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition & Health, the Executive Summary for the Biden-Harris Administration National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health announced a goal of ending hunger and increasing healthy eating and physical activity by 2030 to reduce diet-related diseases. The Biden-Harris Administration has announced an $8B package of new actions that business, civic, academic, and philanthropic leaders are taking to end hunger and reduce diet-related disease. Recordings from the Hunger, Nutrition and Health sessions will be available for viewing at YouTube.com/WhiteHouse.
  • The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a federally funded, state-administered program that provides free meals and snacks to children up to age 18 at sites around the country when school is not in session. Click here for more information.
  • Schools must be closed or operating at reduced attendance for 5 consecutive days during school year 2022-23 for a student to receive P-EBT benefits. Find more information in this P-EBT Q&A here.
  • Families seeking food assistance for their children can also contact the USDA National Hunger Hotline, Monday – Friday between 7am and 10pm EST at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479).
  • In most school districts, families must complete an application through their child’s school to determine if their household is eligible for free or reduced-price school meals during the 2022-23 school year. For FAQs on school meals in the 2022-23 school year, click here.
  • The Biden Administration continues to address the infant formula shortage with the most recent air shipment of formula on September 16. Visit this site for helpful information for families.
  • WIC program participants can contact their state or local WIC agency with questions about infant formula benefits. USDA recently extended a series of waivers to provide WIC families with additional formula options through the end of 2022. More information can be found on this Infant Formula Shortage Response page.
  • During the pandemic, free credit reports are available online weekly. For more information, visit www.annualcreditreport.com.
  • Individuals and families who did not receive the 2021 Economic Impact Payment (EIP) can request the payment when they file their 2021 taxes. Visit the IRS website for additional information.
  • Taxpayers who requested an extension to file their 2021 tax return don’t have to wait until mid-October to file. They can file electronically at any time before the October 17, 2022 deadline.
  • Eligible households will receive the 2021 Child Tax Credit of $3,600 for every child under 6 or $3,000 for every child ages 6 to 17. Eligible families can claim the credit through April 15, 2025 by filing a federal tax return – even if they don’t normally file and have little or no income. Visit ChildTaxCredit.gov for additional information.
  • The IRS mailed two important letters to families who received the advance child tax credit and the economic impact payment. “Letter 6419, 2021 Advance Child Tax Credit (CTC)” will verify how much the household received in advance CTC payments in 2021 and the number of qualifying children used by the IRS to determine these payments. “Letter 6475, Your Third Economic Impact Payment (EIP)” will include information to help EIP recipients determine whether they should claim the recovery rebate credit on their 2021 tax returns.
  • Some taxpayers may qualify for free tax return preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and AARP programs. Find locations on the IRS website. They may also qualify for free e-filing until October 17, 2022. Find information on the IRS website.
  • The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides eligible households with a $30/month discount on internet services. Twenty leading internet providers are offering ACP-eligible households a high-speed internet plan for no more than $30/month. So eligible families can use their ACP benefit with one of these plans to receive high-speed internet at no cost.
  • Any household that receives WIC or whose income is below 200% FPL can apply for ACP benefits through their internet service provider. For additional information, visit the Common Sense guide or getinternet.gov.
  • The SSA is prioritizing in-person appointments for people who are applying for a social security number and applicants who must go without necessities (e.g., food or shelter) until they get benefits. The best way to contact the SSA is through the online portal or a kiosk in a local office.
  • SSA has re-issued two Emergency Messages (EMs), clarifying that pandemic-related financial assistance is excluded indefinitely from SSI counting. Read the EMs here and here.
  • The SSA posted revised instructions for evaluating Long COVID. The changes include examples of symptoms that some adults or children may experience after the acute phase of COVID-19.
  • State SNAP distributors must take away any benefits that have remained unused on SNAP EBT and P-EBT accounts for 9 months (274 days).
  • Schools are required to follow new nutritional standards set by the USDA. For additional information visit the USDA.
  • People can find updated dietary guidelines, shopping guides, and recipes at myplate.gov.
  • Since January 1, 2022, minimum wages have gone up in 24 states and the District of Columbia. The Federal minimum wage remains $7.25/hour, unchanged since 2009. For more information, view the Economic Policy Institute’s Minimum Wage Tracker.
  • The Biden Administration is launching a Diaper Distribution Pilot in 6 states and 1 Tribal consortium to evaluate how Community Action Agencies, local social service agencies, and other non-profit community organizations can provide diapers and supplies for low-income families. View the Diaper Distribution Pilot flyer here.

The Bottom Line

  • Sharing reliable, up-to-date information about the changing resource landscape with families is key to optimizing household income and increasing food stability.