Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Amid a Deadly Virus and Crippled Economy, One Form of Aid Has Proved Reliable: Food Stamps

From the New York Times

WASHINGTON — More than six million people enrolled in food stamps in the first three months of the coronavirus pandemic, an unprecedented expansion that is likely to continue as more jobless people deplete their savings and billions in unemployment aid expires this month.
From February to May, the program grew by 17 percent, about three times faster than in any previous three months, according to state data collected by The New York Times. Its rapid expansion is a testament to both the hardship imposed by the pandemic and the importance of a program that until recently drew conservative attack. See the full story here