Phase II Coronavirus Package // The Vulnerable School-Aged and Elderly Population

March 18, 2020

Where can children and seniors get meals?

H.R. 6201— the second Coronavirus bill— provided half a billion dollars for WIC (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) to help low-income pregnant women or mothers with young children who lose their jobs or are laid off due to the coronavirus emergency. It also included as waivers to allow child and adult care centers to allow those eligible to take their food to go.

How can seniors get meals delivered?

H.R. 6201— the second Coronavirus bill— provided $250 million for the Senior Nutrition program in the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to provide approximately 25 million additional home-delivered and pre-packaged meals to low-income seniors who depend on the Senior Nutrition programs in their communities.

This funding will provide meals to low-income seniors:

  • who are home-bound;
  • who have disabilities;
  • who have multiple chronic illnesses;
  • as well as caregivers for seniors who are home-bound.

How did H.R. 6201 address the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)?

H.R. 6201— the second Coronavirus bill— included $400 million to assist local food banks in meeting the demand for low-income Americans during the coronavirus emergency.

How did H.R. 6201 address Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) food assistance?

H.R. 6201— the second Coronavirus bill— allows the Department of Agriculture to approve state plans to provide emergency EBT food assistance to households with children who would otherwise receive free or reduce-priced meals if not for their schools being closed due to the coronavirus emergency.

How can I get child care?

H.R. 6201— the second Coronavirus bill— provides family leave for caretakers if the child’s school or place of care has been closed, or the child-care provider is unavailable, due to a coronavirus.