From the Document: "SNAP's (food stamps) broad reach among low-income families with children and others who may struggle to afford an adequate diet makes it one of the most effective means of delivering food assistance. The economic crisis spurred by COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] has resulted in an unprecedented increase in SNAP's reach: 6 to 7 million more people have applied and been approved for benefits since February, state-reported data show. As a result, an across-the-board 15 percent increase to SNAP's maximum benefits, as policymakers are considering as part of the next COVID response package, would reach even more low-income people, many of whom are struggling with food insecurity. A SNAP benefit increase also is one of the highest bang-for-the-buck measures for economic stimulus to help support the economy."
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