Washington, D.C. – The Root Cause Coalition expresses strong support for the House-passed Continuing Resolution (H.R. 8337), and its inclusion of critical food security resources for children and families.
The bill, which extends government funding through December 11th, contains nearly $8 billion in nutrition assistance and extends much needed child and family nutrition provisions including Pandemic EBT, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) flexibilities, and waivers for National School Lunch Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
“We thank every Member of Congress working tirelessly to meet the needs of families during these extraordinary times,” stated Barbara Petee, Executive Director of the Coalition. “These programs are a lifeline. Increasing numbers of families in almost every community are facing higher rates food insecurity, and children will never be fully healthy as long as they are hungry. We urge swift passage of this Continuing Resolution and call for continued focus and passage of additional relief for the nation’s most vulnerable.”
Present funding for government operations is scheduled to expire on September 30th. The House of Representatives passed the measure on September 23rd, and the United States Senate is expected to vote on the resolution September 29th.
The Root Cause Coalition is a non-profit, member-driven organization comprised of more than 70 leading health systems, hospital associations, foundations, businesses, national and community nonprofits, health insurers, academic institutions and policy centers working to achieve health equity through cross-sector collaboration.