Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, along with Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), today introduced the Feeding Homeless Youth During COVID-19 Act, bipartisan legislation that increases access to free meals for young adults who are experiencing homelessness and living in emergency shelters. The bill expands the Child and Adult Care Food Program’s age of eligibility from 18 to 25 for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federal program that provides reimbursements for meals served to children and youth participating in after school care programs, children residing in emergency shelters, and adults over the age of 60 or living with a disability and enrolled in day care facilities.

“As shelters across the North Country continue to serve more young adults experiencing homelessness due to COVID-19, it is essential that we provide them with the resources necessary to feed those in need,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “I am proud to help introduce this bipartisan legislation to expand access to this essential program specifically for young adults who are in need of nutritious meals. As we continue to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I will continue to advocate for programs and initiatives that serve communities in need. I look forward to working with Rep. Jayapal and our House colleagues to further this important legislation.”