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May 8, 2020

With millions of Americans struggling to meet their basic food needs in light of COVID-19, states are using new options to support households through SNAP (food stamps) and school meal replacement programs. But Puerto Rico — which was already at a relative ...

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May 7, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis is presenting challenges to people applying for Medicaid and SNAP (food stamps) and — while states have limited ability to substantially modify their systems during the crisis — they can take some steps to make applications more accessible.

Because people can’t apply for Medicaid and SNAP in person due to office closures and social distancing, many people must adapt...

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April 10, 2020

States can use a new temporary program — Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) — to help get food to the nearly 30 million children in low-income families who can’t access their free or reduced-price school meals due to widespread school...

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April 8, 2020

Policymakers are appropriately considering additional stimulus measures in the face of mounting job losses and other dire economic signs due to COVID-19, and a top item on their list should be raising SNAP (food stamp) benefits as a way of injecting fast, high “bang-for-the-buck” stimulus into the economy.

SNAP has proven to be one of the most effective mechanisms available both to...

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Stacy Dean

Vice President for Food Assistance Policy

April 3, 2020

Here are the CBPP statements, papers, blog posts, and tweet threads to date on issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic; we’ll update this list as we issue more analyses.

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April 2, 2020

There’s confusion about whether unemployed workers not raising minor children in their home can get SNAP, given Trump Administration efforts to tighten a rule limiting them to three months of benefits and a new law temporarily suspending that rule due to the coronavirus emergency. Fortunately, the temporary suspension means they can get SNAP throughout the current health emergency....

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March 27, 2020

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which President Trump is expected to sign soon, doesn’t expand benefits or eligibility under SNAP (food stamps). Policymakers must address this limitation in their next stimulus measure, both to help the growing number of families struggling to afford food in the pandemic and because SNAP is one of the fastest, most effective...

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March 18, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act — which the House passed, and the President is expected to sign — will give states broad, temporary flexibility and authority to supplement and modify SNAP (food stamps) and other nutrition programs during the current public health emergency.

If implemented quickly, this new flexibility and authority will play a key temporary role in helping...

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March 18, 2020

Governors can use the flexibility that the pending Families First Coronavirus Response Act would give them to ensure that WIC benefits remain accessible even if COVID-19...

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March 4, 2020

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia will hear arguments tomorrow on a lawsuit to stop a new Trump Administration rule that would eliminate food assistance for nearly 700,000 low-income adults, according to the Administration’s own estimate.

Under current...

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