Kelly Passes Bipartisan Amendment to Agriculture Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan amendment offered by Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) that provides $30 million in funding for anti-hunger, food and nutrition programs for schoolchildren during the summer months.
Kelly’s amendment – which she offered along with Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) and Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-NV) – increases funding for the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children pilot program. This program allows eligible families to receive additional Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits during the summer months.
“While most children are excited to start the summer break, there are millions of kids who dread the last day of school each year because the summer months are often the hungriest time of the year for them,” Kelly said. “No child in America should ever go hungry. We have an obligation to ensure that the neediest children have access to the food they need year-round.”
The 2015 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, including the Kelly-Cohen-Titus Amendment, passed the House and will now be considered by the U.S. Senate.