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States Put More Money Into Hunger Programs

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We're supposed to stay home, which can mean not working. And we're supposed to limit trips outside the home. So food can certainly become an issue for many families sheltering-in-place from COVID-19.

Relief measures meant to help people through the economic shutdown include the benefits of SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, still often called "food stamps;" Oregon Trail in Oregon and CalFresh in California.

Oregon is putting additional money into the program in April and May. Heather Myles, Oregon SNAP Manager, explains the changes to the program. We also get a broader perspective from Joel Berg of the organization Hunger Free America.

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