Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Want to Fight Rising Food Insecurity? Listen to People Who’ve Been Hungry.

As families face sudden, chronic food shortages, three researchers share lessons from hundreds of interviews with the food insecure.


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