There are a lot of benefits to making school lunch and other social benefits more universal. But, yes, it's expensive to do.
Social security and SNAP benefits are adjusted every year for inflation. While that tends to be enough in normal years, it's not enough right now.
The revamped CTC provides a monthly check to families — without requiring an income.
The Biden administration is giving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits their largest permanent increase.
Researchers think this temporary expansion could bring permanent changes to the SNAP program.
Advocates say the food assistance increase should help reduce food insecurity for households that qualify.
Now that expanded relief benefits are gone, more people will likely rely on SNAP benefits.
With the pandemic, there are now 43 million people signed up for food assistance through SNAP.
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.