How SNAP Needs to Change During the Pandemic

Even if Friday’s Heroes Act were passed, we’d still see a hunger spike. Here’s why.

People who rely on public food assistance and WIC, a supplemental nutrition program for low-income women, infants and children, have been required to personally shop at stores with their benefit cards, thus increasing their risks of contagion. Photo: Yalonda M. James/The San Francisco Chronicle/Getty Images

Food banks and food rescue organizations are shutting down because of staffing issues. In the Bronx, where Cardona lives, 18 out of 49 City Harvest programs have closed since the start of the pandemic.

Stitching together a threadbare safety net

Maximum SNAP benefits are not enough

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

College students are especially vulnerable

SNAP recipients should be allowed to shop for groceries online

Delivery fees and minimums should be waived

Andrea Strong is a journalist who covers the intersection of food, policy, business and law. She is also the founder of the NYC Healthy School Food Alliance.

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