USDA expands food aid to low-income children

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I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

The Biden Administration is expanding help to feed 30-million low-income children this summer. USDA is expanding its pandemic electronic benefit transfer benefits. That means the government will give eligible families about 375-dollars per child for food. That’s about six dollars and 82-cents per child per weekday. But the amount may vary if a state decides to use its own schedule.

More Americans are heading back to the office, but The Wal Street Journal says nearly 1-point-5 million mothers are still missing from the workforce. Although men’s labor-force participation also fell to record lows last spring, women as a group have had more difficulty rebounding. The report says mothers are re-entering the labor force more slowly than fathers. Factors including access to childcare, a lack of attractive jobs, the demands of home and virtual schooling, and health concerns.

And President Biden has signed legislation naming sesame as a major food allergen. That means all products that use sesame seeds or items made from them will have to be labeled after January 1, 2023. Naming it a major allergen has been in the works since 2018. Researchers believe 1.6-mil ion Americans have sesame allergies. Another study found 17-percent of children with other food allergies are also al allergic to sesame.

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