Biden to consider food and financial security

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Biden to consider food and financial security

On his second full day in office, President Joe Biden is expected to sign at least two executive orders related to providing a variety of assistance to Americans

President Joe Biden is expected to sign at least two executive orders Friday aimed at providing financial and food security to families of Americans affected by the pandemic coronavirus.

The new president will direct the Department of Agriculture to expand categories of benefits in the food security program by signing an executive order. Many Americans laid off from their jobs because of the effects of the coronavirus pandemic are turning to local authorities for help in finding food.

The new president is also pushing for a 15% increase in funding for the school meal program, which has been in place since the pandemic began. Administration officials say an increase in the school food program could result in families with three children receiving more than $100 in additional benefits every two months.

The president is also about to sign an executive order on stimulus check payments because “many Americans had problems receiving checks during the first round of direct payments, and up to eight million eligible households did not receive the payments made in March,” according to a White House fact sheet.

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Friday will be Biden’s first conversation with a foreign leader. The president is scheduled to have a telephone conversation with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.