President Releases Final Budget


President Barack Obama sent Congress his eighth and final budget on Tuesday, proposing to spend a record $4.1 trillion on a number of initiatives. The budget request includes $12 billion over the next 10 years to extend the Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (Summer EBT) program, which provides extra benefits during summer months to families whose children get free or reduced-price meals in school. According to the White House, only a fraction of the 22 million students who receive free or reduced-price meals have access to this food source when school is not in session. Summer EBT aims to make sure these children are not under-nourished during the summer months. This budget item will need to be approved by Congress, while the USDA FNS pilot program will go through as an executive action. Recognizing the significant unmet need for kitchen equipment in schools, the President’s budget seeks $35 million for equipment grants.

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