New Report: An update on the effect of Pandemic EBT on measures of food hardship

Posted by Brookings Institution on October 12, 2021

A new study from the Brookings Institution looks at the impact of the Pandemic EBT program, which provided families with an electronic debit card to purchase groceries for the value of the school meals missed due to pandemic-related school closures for the end of the 2019-2020 school year, the 2020-21 school year, and, in some states, the summer of 2021. The study finds the program reduced the share of families in SNAP households where children experienced very low food security by 17 percent and reduced food insufficiency among SNAP households by 28 percent. Additionally, the program had the largest effects in alleviating food hardship in states with relatively high rates of school closures due to COVID-19. In these states, Pandemic EBT reduced child very low food security by 22 percent and household food insufficiency by 39 percent.

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