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As Thanksgiving Approaches, Fewer Than Half of Households With Kids Very Confident About Affording Needed Food

November 18, 2020

As Thanksgiving approaches amidst a pandemic-driven economic crisis, just 44 percent of households with children are “very confident” that they can afford needed food over the next four weeks, according to new Census survey data — and about 10 percent, or 3.5 million households, are “not at all confident.” That uncertainty reflects widespread food hardship across the country, with 5.6 million...

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Joseph Llobrera

Director of Research and Interim Program Area Lead, Food Assistance

Rising Food Prices Means Rising Need for Aid

June 18, 2020

People are paying higher prices for groceries during the pandemic, including a nearly 50-year record rise in April, jeopardizing the food security of millions of households already reeling from job and income losses. The additional boost to SNAP benefits in the...

Food Prices Have Risen Rapidly Due to Supply Disruptions
Joseph Llobrera

Director of Research and Interim Program Area Lead, Food Assistance

Food Security Impacts on People of Color Highlight Need for Aid

May 13, 2020

The health risks and hardship due to rapidly rising food insecurity during the pandemic and economic crisis, which we discussed here, are falling disproportionately on people of color and people with low incomes. Their higher risk of getting sick and dying from COVID-19, losing jobs or income, and being...

Food Insecurity Due to Pandemic Especially High for People of Color
Joseph Llobrera

Director of Research and Interim Program Area Lead, Food Assistance

COVID-19 Surveys Show Rapidly Rising Food Needs

May 11, 2020

Early data on rising food insecurity during the pandemic and deep economic crisis reveal how widespread the hardship is becoming, underscoring the need for a robust policy response — including raising maximum SNAP (food stamp) benefits and fixing SNAP limitations...

Food Need Has Risen Sharply During Pandemic
Joseph Llobrera

Director of Research and Interim Program Area Lead, Food Assistance

SNAP Benefits Fall Short for Many

August 5, 2019

SNAP (food stamp) benefits fall short of what many participants need to buy food and prepare a healthy diet, our new paper and policy brief...

Families Spend Far Less Time Preparing Food Than Thrifty Food Plan (TFP) Assumes
Joseph Llobrera

Director of Research and Interim Program Area Lead, Food Assistance