Pandemic food benefit expands for qualifying children through summer

Apr 5, 2021
Researchers think this temporary expansion could bring permanent changes to the SNAP program.
For many kids, school is the main way to get any lunch at all.
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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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The pandemic economy is changing the way Americans buy groceries

Aug 21, 2020
Now that expanded relief benefits are gone, more people will likely rely on SNAP benefits.
A man shops for groceries at a Seattle supermarket. The downturn has propelled millions of Americans into the federal nutrition assistance program.
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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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Coronavirus-linked hardship puts pressure on food banks

Apr 9, 2020
As millions lose their jobs or suffer furloughs, the demand at food banks is surging.
Volunteers pack boxes of food at the distribution center of the Capital Area Food Bank on April 9 in Washington, D.C.
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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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What does public charge proposal mean for hospitals that treat immigrants?

Dec 10, 2018
Today is the final day for comment for the Trump administration’s public charge proposal that would make it harder for immigrants to qualify for citizenship if they’ve used public benefits, including SNAP, public housing and Medicaid. Immigrants who’ve received cash assistance or long-term medical care already have a strike against them when they apply for […]
Immigrants make up roughly 12 percent of the population in this country, but account for just 8.6 percent of heath care expenditures. 
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