April 26, 2022

A Lifeline during COVID-19: The Impact of SNAP Boosts for Older Adults

April 26, 2022 The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has long been considered the nation’s first line of defense against hunger, and a vital support to the nutrition, health, and well-being of older adults with low incomes. Senior Hunger Awareness Month celebrated in April and Older Americans Month in May, are  key times to reflect […]

April 22, 2022

New Data Underscore Importance of SNAP Benefit Redemptions During COVID-19

April 22, 2022 With Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits taken into account, SNAP benefit redemptions topped $125 billion in FY 2021, according to new data from USDA.  That represented a 61 percent increase over the prior year. The Distribution of SNAP Benefit Redemptions Superstores and supermarkets: Over 79 percent of SNAP benefits. Online SNAP Retail: Online […]

December 14, 2021

Report Reveals How COVID-19 Exacerbated Food Insecurity for Native Communities

Media Contacts: Native American Agriculture Fund Whitney Sawney wsawney@nativeamericanagriculturefund.org 479-396-9558 Food Research & Action Center Jordan Baker jbaker@frac.org 202-640-1118 Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative Mary Belle Zook mzook@uark.edu 479-575-5128   WASHINGTON, December 14, 2021 — Almost half of Native American and Alaska Native survey respondents reported experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to […]

November 30, 2021

Reimagining Hunger in Times of Crisis: Insights from Case Examples and a Survey of Native Communities’ Food Access During COVID-19

Native American communities remain resilient in the face of disproportionately high rates of poverty, hunger, unemployment, and poor health, both before and during COVID19. For American Indian and Alaska Native communities, disparities in food insecurity are a result of the structural racism originating with colonization and continuing to the present. A key step in addressing […]

October 26, 2021

Report Shows Modest Growth in Afterschool Suppers in October 2020, but Support is Needed to Address Ongoing COVID-19 Concerns

Media Contact: Jordan Baker jbaker@frac.org 202-640-1118 WASHINGTON, October 26, 2021 — Nearly 1.5 million low-income children benefited from suppers through the Afterschool Nutrition Programs on an average day in October 2020, according to a new report released today by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC). FRAC’s Afterschool Suppers: A Snapshot of Participation report finds schools […]