The latest pandemic relief measure increases SNAP benefits

Jan 5, 2021
Advocates say the food assistance increase should help reduce food insecurity for households that qualify.
The increase in SNAP benefits, plus an additional $300 a month in federal unemployment benefits, should help reduce food insecurity.
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Federal court blocks Trump's cuts on food stamps

The Trump administration's plan would have ended food stamps for nearly 700,000 unemployed people.
A sign alerting customers about SNAP food stamps benefits is displayed at a Brooklyn grocery store on Dec. 5, 2019 in New York City.
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Feeding America CEO: 'We simply can't do this alone'

Aug 13, 2020
Claire Babineaux-Fontenot of Feeding America said about 40% of the people the organization is serving have never before relied on the charitable food system.
A food distribution event for people in need of food in New York in July.
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Rising food prices make it harder for families on assistance programs to get by

Aug 12, 2020
With the pandemic, there are now 43 million people signed up for food assistance through SNAP.
One food bank network director says that even during good times, "the SNAP subsidy is often not sufficient."
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Risk of deepening hunger crisis as SNAP exemption expires

Aug 11, 2020
When the pandemic began, the federal government made it easier for states to approve people for SNAP, but that flexibility is ending this month, raising concerns that more people will go hungry.
There is likely to be another big spike in SNAP enrollment now that Washington has let federal unemployment benefits expire.
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Need for food stamps surges with pandemic

Jul 27, 2020
More than six million people signed up for food stamps in just three months, more than in the first 17 months of the Great Recession.
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Food stamp change could cut 700,000 from SNAP

Dec 5, 2019
Unemployment is at historic lows but some workers still face hurdles to work.
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New SNAP rules will affect 700,000 aid recipients — and more than 250,000 retailers

Dec 4, 2019
The new rules will require more people to work at least 20 hours a week to receive benefits.
The new SNAP rules means fewer people will qualify for the program.
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Amazon, Walmart now offering grocery delivery to SNAP recipients

Apr 19, 2019
Walmart and Amazon are now accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, commonly known as food stamps, for online grocery delivery in New York.
Signs for Amazon Go are seen outside the grocery store's location on June 16, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.
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Georgia experiments with food stamp work training program

Aug 13, 2018
But state's training program spends much more per person than the figure Congress might allocate if it decides to pass a SNAP work requirement
A welding student at Goodwill Industries.
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