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Biden Agriculture Chief Signals Increase in Food Aid Beyond Covid Crisis

  • USDA has launched review of food-stamp benefit levels
  • Biden relief plan extends food-stamp benefit through September
Volunteers distribute food items at a pop-up grocery event in Mankato, Minnesota, in July 23, 2020. 

Volunteers distribute food items at a pop-up grocery event in Mankato, Minnesota, in July 23, 2020. 

Photographer: Ben Brewer/Bloomberg

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is signaling a push to increase food assistance for the poor beyond the Covid-19 economic crisis.

The standard benefits may be too low, and the way they’re calculated is outdated, Vilsack said Wednesday. The Agriculture Department has already begun a review that could lead to more aid.