National WIC Association

September 8, 2021

House Reconciliation Bill Invests In Increased Support for Nation's Children

Earlier today, the House Education & Labor Committee released child nutrition provisions to be included in the Build Back Better Act, including:

  • Expanding the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) to provide nearly nine million more children with free school meals;
  • Create a nationwide Summer EBT benefit, which will serve 21 million children during the summer months;
  • Funding to increase access to healthier foods by updating school kitchen equipment and investing in healthier food projects in school meals settings.

The committee is expected to markup the bill tomorrow, Sept. 9, at noon EST. To stream the hearing, click here.

Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO of the National WIC Association (NWA), issued the following statement in response:

“WIC sets the foundation for a healthy start, and the school and summer meals programs build on this success to set older children up for future life success. Sustained nutrition support and access to healthy foods are essential for supporting children’s growth and development as they age. The transformational changes to enhance access to child nutrition programs proposed by the House Education & Labor Committee is a down-payment on the educational success and lifelong opportunity for millions of children. We thank Chairman Bobby Scott for his leadership in bringing these provisions to mark-up. These critical, common-sense steps to address coverage gaps and streamline access to child nutrition support are necessary measures that must be advanced as part of the reconciliation process.”