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Pandemic causes 89% increase in US food stamp spending | National news

(Central Square) – Over the two years of the pandemic, food stamp spending has increased by $53.5 billion – an 89% increase. By comparison, that’s what the entire program cost in 2009 during the Great Recession.

Spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the US increased by 88.5% from $60.3 billion in 2019 to $113.8 billion in 2021. Spending on the SNAP program previously peaked at $79.8 billion in 2013 before declining over the next six years.

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