Researchers think this temporary expansion could bring permanent changes to the SNAP program.
Of the 30 million low-income students who are eligible for free lunches, only 15% are currently getting those meals.
Rural counties in Mississippi received a $4.6 million grant to connect schools, businesses and public services to the internet.
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.
The Farmers to Families Food Box Program will begin distributing $1.2 billion in surplus food to communities across the country.
The USDA's report on "Household Food Security in the U.S." uses a variety of measures to gauge whether households are food insecure, such as whether people have had to skip a meal or reduce the size of a meal for financial reasons.
Getting a grasp on acreage planted by farmers was harder this year because of bad weather.
Mobility has been on the decline for decades.