Last week, President Biden and Congress unveiled the latest version of the federal recovery package, coined the Build Back Better plan. This package represents a significant investment in Montana communities, geared toward expanding economic opportunity and lowering costs for families and workers. Historic investments in child care, preschool, school nutrition, and the child tax credit will help lift millions of children from poverty. Over the next week, Montana Budget & Policy Center will provide information on key components of this package. We’ll start with child nutrition and the child tax credit.
The economic relief package before Congress is a historic step in relieving childhood hunger and poverty. Even prior to the pandemic, too many families struggled to make ends meet. But the pandemic has amplified the challenges many families face. One in ten adults living with children report that the children in their household aren’t getting enough food to eat this fall.
Child Nutrition Provisions
The federal package takes vital steps in addressing childhood hunger by addressing the summer meal crisis.
These steps to improve childhood nutrition will help over 65,000 students access food during the summer and an additional 11,000 students meals during the school year in Montana.
Child Tax Credit
The extended Child Tax Credit, which was first passed by Congress as part of the American Rescue Plan, is a significant step in addressing childhood poverty. Over 9 out of 10 (209,000) children benefit from the credit in Montana. Here is what the recent framework does.
Research shows that Montanans are using their Child Tax Credits to pay for food, utilities, housing, childcare, and provide kids with educational opportunities. This framework is an important step forward to address the crises facing Montana children and families.
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