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Monday, March 9, 2015

US LAUNCHES EFFORT TO END CHILDHOOD HUNGER


USDA plans to award more than $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed help end childhood hunger Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced this week. The announcement was part of USDA efforts to focus on poverty and food insecurity among children, especially in rural areas. Projects will be tested in three states, as well as the Chickasaw and Navajo tribal nations. 

Kentucky will test the effect of providing households with children an additional transportation deduction that may increase their SNAP benefits. Nevada will test the relative impacts on SNAP households with children of (1) an increase in SNAP benefits, and (2) a SNAP increase plus additional outreach, education, and case management. Virginia will test the effect of providing (1) three school meals a day to all children in select schools during the school year, (2) food for weekends and school breaks, and (3) more resources for low-income households to purchase food during the summer months.


Source: USDA, 3/2/15, Ending Childhood Hunger