US President Joe Biden has been pessimistic about the future consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. He estimated that the virus would kill well over 600,000 in the United States. “We are at 400,000 dead, and it should reach much more than 600,000,” said the new tenant of the White House, who had never mentioned such a heavy toll. “Families are hungry,” he continued, before signing a series of executive orders aimed at fighting the food crisis that affects millions of Americans. “We must act”, he hammered.
Two days after his inauguration, the new American president thus continues to list his priorities with presidential decisions. In three days, he will have taken nearly thirty. Joe Biden, who wants to go fast, also saw a key member of his government be confirmed by the Senate on Friday. This is Minister of Defense Lloyd Austin. Votes on the nominations of Foreign Minister Antony Blinken and Economy and Finance Minister Janet Yellen are expected to follow.
12 million students are no longer fed
“One in seven households in America, one in seven, and more than one in five in black and Latin households, report that they do not have enough to eat,” exclaimed Joe Biden. “That includes almost 30 million adults and 12 million children, and they have nothing to do with it. It is scandalous, ”he added. In the United States, where schools provided daily meals to students from poor families, 12 million children are no longer fed in institutions. Some 600,000 people have lost their teaching jobs, said Joe Biden.
In cities, the queues for soup kitchens have grown and food banks are overwhelmed, including in affluent suburbs of the federal capital Washington. Joe Biden will call on the Ministry of Agriculture to expand and relax its Assistance Program for Individuals and Families with Low and No Income (SNAP), which replaced the Food Stamps program, which allowed low-income families to purchase basic food items from licensed stores. The electronic card EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfer), having succeeded the tickets of 1, 5 and 10 dollars, should be increased by 15%. Currently, it offers up to $ 5.70 a day per child in school.