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Inflation and Expiring Benefits Have More Americans Going Hungry

Americans Turn to Food Banks to Combat Hunger With Inflation Spiking

A customer places food in his cart at Murphy's Giving Market, a market that offers free food to residents amid rising inflation, in Upper Darby, on Sept. 26, 2022. 

A customer places food in his cart at Murphy's Giving Market, a market that offers free food to residents amid rising inflation, in Upper Darby, on Sept. 26, 2022. 

Photographer: Rachel Wisniewski/Bloomberg

Hunger is spreading among Americans with steady but low-paying jobs, reversing President Joe Biden's early success in cutting food scarcity by nearly a third and threatening to worsen as the country teeters on the brink of recession.

Nursing aides, maintenance workers, store clerks and roofers are among the Americans already turning to food banks for help, the consequence of political opposition to the administration’s efforts to extend temporary pandemic benefits and a spike in inflation that has been especially hard on families near the precipice of poverty.