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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...

November 17, 2020

Puerto Rico’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) basic household benefits have shrunk significantly over the last three months — as the Commonwealth depleted emergency federal funding — which may make it harder for many households to afford the food they need amid COVID-19 and...

Calculating Grocery Bills
November 12, 2020

The Agriculture appropriations bill for fiscal year 2021 that the Senate Appropriations Committee released Tuesday includes substantially less funding for SNAP (food stamps) than the program is likely to need, because the bill’s funding level is based on outdated, pre-COVID-19 funding estimates. Traditionally,...

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October 20, 2020

Sunday’s federal court decision striking down a Trump Administration rule that would have eliminated SNAP (food stamps) for 700,000 low-income jobless workers means that the punitive, ill-...

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September 24, 2020

The government funding package that Congress expects to pass this week includes important nutrition assistance, but policymakers don’t seem likely to agree in the near term to a comprehensive COVID-19 relief package — even with the latest data again showing that millions of adults (and many of their children) are struggling to get enough to eat, and facing significant housing hardship, which...

Black and Latino Households Likelier to Experience Food Insufficiency During Pandemic
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...

Vegetables in market
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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