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Content from FRAC: Federal Nutrition Programs Respond to America’s Deepening Hunger

September 15, 2020 | 11:00 PM GMT
An unprecedented number of struggling individuals are turning to the federal nutrition programs for assistance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The latest research commissioned by the Food Research & Action Center finds that between 26-29 million adults, or 11 percent, have reported that members of their households sometimes or often did not have enough to eat in the months following the onset of the pandemic. Black and Latinx households have been hit even harder, with no idea how they will put their next meal on the table. Federal nutrition programs are our nation’s best defense against food insecurity and hunger. Since the onset of COVID-19, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has helped millions more households put food on the table. Summer Nutrition Programs have been extended to help fill the nutrition gap due to school closures. And a new program, Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT), has provided critical support for families with children missing out on school meals. Greater investment in these proven programs are critical if the nation is to flatten the curve on hunger and stimulate the economy as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold.