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.
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).
More than 29 million Americans reported not having enough food to eat in late July, and millions more now count themselves on the verge of falling into hunger.
“It was very hard to get by even before the pandemic hit, but it is even harder now."
"Every time I go out, I put myself at risk — and other people."
Because of physical and mental health issues, Damon Smith depends on SNAP to survive. His benefits are now at risk because of a new Trump administration rule.