As families face sudden, chronic food shortages, three researchers share lessons from hundreds of interviews with the food insecure.
BY SARAH BOWEN, ANNIE HARDSON-MOODY AND SINIKKA ELLIOTT
The nation’s food assistance programs—including SNAP, WIC, and school meal programs—are among the last vestiges of a safety net that have been under attack for decades. Now, the pandemic threatens to tear them apart. Although the first major COVID-19 relief bill included more than $1 billion in food assistance, the COVID-19 relief bill that passed in April failed to increase monthly SNAP benefits; Democratic lawmakers are calling for the government to increase those benefits by at least 30 percent.
Read interviews from people struggling to put food on the table here