Native America Calling: Holes in the food safety net


September 7, 2023

Youth are seen on the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota on November 29, 2016. Photo by Don Hamilton for U.S. Department of Agriculture

Many low-income families got an unwelcome surprise after supplemental COVID food security programs expired earlier this year.

Funds available for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) dropped to a fraction of what they were previously. Suddenly, people didn't have enough to eat and no remedies in sight.

Those cuts hit Native American families hardest, as they have a much higher percentage of SNAP participation than the population as a whole.


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