Number of the Day Shows Record Food Assistance Spending

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That’s how much the federal government spent on its largest food assistance program in the last year—a record high because of the COVID-19 crisis.

Spending for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rose 35% in the fiscal year ending in September, a monthly accounting from the U.S. Treasury Department shows. According to Tracy Roof, a political science professor at the University of Richmond, that’s a record high for the program, which had seen steady declines in recent years, following the Great Recession.

“The jump came from two factors,” Roof wrote in an article this week for The Conversation. “First, more people are getting benefits. Second, roughly 60% of the families who get them are eligible for more support than before.”

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