The 15% increase in monthly SNAP benefits in the American Rescue Plan helps 1.8 million Pennsylvanians and amounts to about $25 more per person per month.
Around 40 million Americans say they don't have enough to eat, according to the latest data from the US Census Bureau.
The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented need—for more than just food—in food banks across Pennsylvania.
As a breakthrough in negotiations appears imminent, COURIER asked Americans what they would do with a new stimulus check as the coronavirus continues to rampage across the country.
Despite their service, military families have not been spared the economic ravages of the pandemic and food insecurity is reportedly soaring.
Pennsylvania counties are seeing a surge of food insecurity. In Philadelphia, it has increased from 16.3% in 2018 to 21.8% this year. Rural areas are affected, too: In Elk County, it's at 15.9% (up from 9.9% in 2018).
The federal government has failed to provide additional unemployment aid since July, and food banks are inundated.