USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs: Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic [February 12, 2021] [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Summary: "U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) programs are often part of emergency response efforts, providing foods for distribution, additional benefits for redemption, and program flexibilities. During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, access to food--particularly in light of increased unemployment and closures of institutions that households rely on for food, such as schools--has been a concern for many people. Some observers also view the programs, particularly the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as a means of economic stimulus. This report discusses related provisions of four laws enacted in the 116th Congress that supplement FNS's prior response to the COVID-19 pandemic with new funds and authorities:  Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA; P.L. [public law] 116-127, enacted March 18, 2020);  Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (P.L. 116-136, enacted March 27, 2020);  Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (P.L. 116-159, enacted October 1, 2020) ('FY2021 Continuing Appropriations Act'); and  Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Division N, Title VII (P.L. 116-260, enacted December 27, 2020) ('FY2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act'). This report also includes the Biden Administration announcement that, under an executive order, USDA will change the implementation of some of these laws' provisions."
CRS Report for Congress, R46681
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/