For many who lost jobs, relief payments and safety nets weren't enough to stave off the material hardship.
Researchers think this temporary expansion could bring permanent changes to the SNAP program.
Some measures directly target food insecurity, like the extension of a SNAP benefit increase. Others are more indirect.
For many low-income people in rural areas, simply getting to a grocery store or food bank can be a barrier to getting enough to eat.
At a time of unprecedented need, a state program that provides fresh produce to food banks saw its funding cut.
Of the 30 million low-income students who are eligible for free lunches, only 15% are currently getting those meals.
Although most soup kitchens are serving to-go meals, they're hoping to provide safe gathering spaces, too.
As we head into a holiday season like no other, what is the best way to help those in need?
Feeding America says food banks nationwide have seen about 60% more people showing up at food distribution centers.
This year, about 121 million people have been pushed to the edge of starvation.