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Data show SNAP does not cover the cost of a low-income meal in 96 percent of US counties.
Worker prepares a food box
Public policy decisions will determine whether disparities in food insufficiency widen over the duration of this pandemic.
Woman accepts a box of produce
With an expansion of the online purchasing pilot, policymakers can increase equity and inclusivity in SNAP benefits delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Farm laborers from Fresh Harvest working with an H-2A visa maintain a safe distance as a machine is moved on April 27, 2020 in Greenfield, California.
Policymakers can begin sowing the seeds of a more resilient and equitable food system for all workers.
"Risking the well-being of any child is risking the prospects for our collective future."
The COVID-19 pandemic has already taken a significant toll on families’ abilities to meet basic needs.
As economic conditions deteriorate for those with the fewest resources, public housing residents are losing jobs, access to transportation, and access to charitable food programs.
Although the existing food safety net plays a critical role in stabilizing millions of American children’s access to food, notable gaps leave certain groups of children vulnerable.
A top priority for our nation’s emergency response should be figuring out how to feed those who already struggle with food insecurity and those who may be newly in need.
Eliminating broad-based categorical eligibility could cut students and schools off from critical assistance.

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