MARLBOROUGH – MP Lori Trahan stopped by the newly renovated Marlborough Community Cupboard on Wednesday to help publicize a new federal child tax credit that comes into effect on Thursday.
“We need them to know that they are entitled to this benefit,” she said in an interview with the Daily News. “It’s amazing what he’s going to do in the only district I serve. This will have an impact on 8,200 children and lift them out of poverty.
The child tax credit was expanded as part of the $ 1.9 trillion federal bailout package passed earlier this year. It increases the standard credit to $ 3,600 per year for children under 6 and $ 3,000 for children ages 6 to 17 for 2021, with half of the payment amount being paid monthly starting Thursday.
The child tax credit previously capped at $ 2,000 per year per eligible child.
The Biden administration said the program was expanded as part of its efforts to support low-income families and boost healthy child development.
Trahan, whose 3rd Congressional District includes Marlborough, Hudson and part of Sudbury, has been touring food banks and community health centers in his district over the past month, telling people about the new program.
As cars lined up on Wednesday morning to receive meals from the food bank, Trahan approached everyone to provide the flyers with information about the program. She was joined by State Representatives Danielle Gregoire, D-Marlborough, and Carmine Gentile, D-Sudbury, as well as City Councilor Samantha Perlman.
“The people who come here for nutritional assistance and come here because they are food insecure – these are the people who need it the most,” she said.
It’s been about a month since the Marlborough Community Cupboard was renovated using funds the organization received from the Massachusetts Emergency Assistance Program, according to closet manager Barbara LaGrenade.
About $ 100,000 in renovations brought new refrigerators, an elevator, flooring and shelving, and other upgrades to the aging Walker Building.
LaGrenade estimates that the cabinet serves more than 400 families per month. At the height of the pandemic, he served nearly 600.
With the additional capacity and the new refrigerators, the cabinet can now serve more people than ever before, she said.
The expanded tax credit is just good news for people who take advantage of the pantry, she explained.
“These are extra funds for the family,” she said.
She said she was grateful that Trahan had visited to verify the renovations and promote the expanded tax program.
Trahan also visited the Zarape Mexican Restaurant at 33 Maple Street, a local business that received funding from both the Paycheck Protection Program and an Economic Disaster Loan.
Restaurant owner Ana Varela said the loans were critical in helping her business weather the pandemic. And while still not fully staffed, she expressed her thanks for the city’s support and Trahan’s visit.
“It makes us feel good, welcomed and heard,” Varela said.
Those who have completed their 2019 and 2020 tax returns, as well as those who have signed up to receive direct payments from the IRS, will automatically receive child tax credit payments.
Those who have not completed their tax returns or signed for a stimulus check are encouraged to visit the IRS website and use its registration tools.
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