A food stamp agency in Pennsylvania is giving away some of its most popular staples, including bread and potatoes, for free to hungry Americans.
The National Food Security Administration (NFSMA) says the program will give recipients who have a food stamp benefit and can afford to purchase them some of their favorite snacks and other staples, such as pasta, crackers, rice, and milk.
In the first month of the program, which is meant to be a pilot program, it’s expected to serve nearly 1.4 million Americans, or about 5 percent of the overall population, according to NFSMA officials.
“We are very excited about this program,” said Carolyn DeLong, executive director of the NFSSA.
“The program has great potential to provide relief to people who are struggling to make ends meet.”
The NFSIA is one of three federal food programs that have been expanded under President Trump, who promised to “rebuild our economy” with a $4.2 trillion infrastructure package.
Trump said in November that he was “grateful” to Congress for passing a $1.5 trillion stimulus package that includes $1 trillion in food stamp spending.
The White House has not specified what kind of food will be given out, but a White House spokesperson said the program is “not a food voucher.”
It’s possible some people could qualify for a food aid program that doesn’t allow for vouchers, or even food stamps.
The program is similar to one offered by the National School Lunch Program, a federally funded program that offers free lunch for low-income students.
The NHS has been working with local school districts to offer free meals to low- and moderate-income kids.
The NFSAA has provided more than $3.5 billion in food assistance to the nation’s school districts since it was created in the 1960s.
“There are very few places in America that can meet the needs of families who have difficulty making ends meet, and this food is really going to help them,” said DeLong.
The food will include sandwiches, pasta, chips, rice and other grains.
The program is free to the public.
In New York, officials are offering food for free starting on Monday, as part of a program to support food security.
The Food Security Act of 2008, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama, gave food stamps to millions of low-wage workers.
It provided them with a set of federal food assistance benefits, which they could use for meals, transportation, groceries, and other expenses.
In 2018, more than 4 million Americans received food stamps, and they make up nearly 6 percent of all Americans, according the U.S. Census Bureau.
In 2017, more people were on food stamps than in any year since the program began in 1965.
In 2016, the program had more than 1.8 million recipients and about 1.5 million of those people were children.