Hillary Clinton is expected to sign an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to provide $1 million in prison-related food vouchers to the families of incarcerated people, a senior administration official told reporters Monday.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the agreement without discussing it publicly.
The Food and Nutrition Service, which manages the program, expects the funds to provide nutritional supplements for prisoners and to provide food and housing support to incarcerated families.
Clinton has previously called for more support for inmates serving time in prison.
Clinton’s office did not respond to a request for comment Monday.
Last month, Clinton signed an executive order that also allows the department to provide nutrition assistance for inmates and their families.
The order is the first formal acknowledgement that the department is planning to use prison food programs to assist inmates, and the first official acknowledgment by a presidential candidate that she would be considering such a measure.
Clinton signed the order on Jan. 16, just days after the Department of Agriculture released its first report on the use of the federal prison food program.
The report showed that inmates in state and local facilities are receiving up to $2.5 million in food assistance each year, compared with $1 in federal funding.