While states are now seeking USDA approval of their plans for distributing the aid, the vast majority of families who qualify for the payments have stopped getting them and likely won’t see more aid until early 2021.
The gap in benefits comes asnearly one in five households with children reported earlier this month not having enough to eat, according to new Census Bureau data. Childhood hunger is associated with reduced learning and poor health outcomes, including hindered brain development as well as significant behavioral and mental health issues.
“It should be a four-alarm fire,” said Elaine Waxman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute, noting that she has never seen food insecurity rates as high as they are right now. “Not only is it indicating short-term deprivation, but we know from lots of research that the repercussions of this will carry into the future.”Low-income children wait months for USDA food aid to replace school meals – POLITICO