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Over 6 Million Added to Food Stamp Rolls as Pandemic Surged

  • USDA releases data on jump in assistance through September
  • Trump administration delayed data, citing technical glitches
    
Photographer: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg
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More than 6 million Americans went on food stamps between February and September of last year as the pandemic-induced economic slowdown pushed families into poverty.

The data released Wednesday on the surge in food assistance further documents the ongoing toll taken by the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression as the Federal Reserve warned that the recovery is weakening and Congress debates a Biden administration plan to spend $1.9 trillion on relief measures and vaccine distribution.