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.
As millions lose their jobs or suffer furloughs, the demand at food banks is surging.
Unemployment is at historic lows but some workers still face hurdles to work.
The new rules will require more people to work at least 20 hours a week to receive benefits.
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 […]