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September 10, 2020

With millions of Americans still not getting enough to eat during the COVID-19 crisis and recession, Congress’ return gives lawmakers the opportunity to boost SNAP (food stamps) and other nutrition benefits to help Americans put food on the table and help the...

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September 8, 2020

Despite data showing millions of households without enough to eat or behind on rent, continued high unemployment — particularly among lower-paid workers — and enormous state and local budget shortfalls, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a “skinny” relief package today with no food or rental assistance, no state or local fiscal relief beyond insufficient school aid, and a short-...

In Focus: Workers Without a Bachelor's Degree Have Experienced Largest Job Losses
Sharon Parrott

Senior Vice President for Federal Policy and Program Development

August 19, 2020

School districts can offer school meals in low-income communities at no charge to families under the federal community eligibility provision, but they must opt in by August 31. Adopting this simple four-year option would help mitigate not just...

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August 13, 2020

Nearly 15 million adult renters (1 in 5) were behind in their rent at some point this summer, and up to 17 million children were in households that said the children weren’t eating enough because the household couldn’t afford it, according to “Tracking Hardship,” our...

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August 10, 2020

The Agriculture Department (USDA) is restricting key flexibility in SNAP (food stamps) that the President and Congress gave states in the Families First Act of March to help them manage an applications influx due to COVID-19 and the recession — saying states must return to “normal operations,” even though current circumstances are anything but normal.


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July 31, 2020

With new weekly data revealing several troubling trends, including increases in the already significant number of people struggling to buy food and pay rent, policymakers must act now to prevent further hardship.

Over the last four weeks:

Some 5.6 million more adults reported that their household didn...
Children Facing Significant Hardship, With Wide Racial and Ethnic Gaps
July 31, 2020

As policymakers negotiate a new economic relief package, boosting SNAP (food stamps) should be at the top of their list, new videos in our “SNAP Matters” series show.

SNAP is one of the nation’s most effective programs to respond to hardship and stimulate the economy during a downturn. These three new brief videos explain — as our earlier...

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July 30, 2020

Despite the alarming rise in the number of people, including children, who are struggling to get enough to eat, the Senate Republican proposal for the next economic relief package doesn’t...

Very Low Food Security Fell for Low-Income Households After Recovery Act’s SNAP Benefit Boost
July 28, 2020

Nearly 1.5 million Puerto Rico residents, including more than 300,000 children, are facing deep cuts in food assistance in August, but the new Senate Republican economic relief plan doesn’t include more food aid for Puerto Rico. While the House-passed Heroes Act includes a modest increase in nutrition funding for Puerto Rico, it falls short of Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced’s request. Without...

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July 22, 2020

The fiscal year 2021 Agriculture appropriations bill that the House will consider this week includes far less funding for SNAP (food stamps) than the program will likely need because it’s based on pre-COVID-19 funding assumptions.

The 2021 risks stem from (1) the uncertainty over the next 14 months (i.e.,...

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