The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has provided an additional $100 million to purchase foods and $50 million to assist food banks with administrative costs for The Emergency Food Assistance Program, according to USDA. It was not specified what foods would be purchased with the additional funds.
ARRA also increased the benefits in the USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps. Most families of four received an additional $80 a month to purchase nutritious foods.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 went into law on Feb. 17. It is designed to jumpstart the nation's economy and create or save millions of jobs.