IA Joins NE In Rejecting Federal EBT Program
Iowa will not participate in a federal program that gives $40 per month to each child in a low-income family over the summer to help with food costs while school is out. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said the Summer EBT program “does nothing to promote nutrition at a time when childhood obesity has become an epidemic.” Some state lawmakers quickly opposed the decision, saying it is “cruel” and “short-sighted" to reject federal money that could put food on the table for hungry kids. At least 18 states and territories and two tribal nations have announced they intend to participate in the program. NE Gov. Jim Pillen has already announced NE will not participate.