The gap in food security between states issuing pandemic-era assistance and those that aren’t is widening.


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Monthly User Insights

We survey households every month to understand how external factors like a changing economy, public health, and policy interventions impact families. Around 5,000 of our users answer questions and share their thoughts about accessing new government benefits, employment, housing, and food insecurity.

In-depth reports

We regularly do deep-dives on the many issues users face in making it through the month, every month.


Pandemic-related food benefits are helping users cope with new challenges, but their days are numbered


“I honestly don’t know how I am going to get by”: Parents are grappling with the loss of the monthly Child Tax Credit


The Child Tax Credit is bringing “a sense of security and relief” to parents


Why does food insecurity persist despite pandemic-related expansions to benefits?

JUNE 2021

The new Child Tax Credit has the potential to be life-changing, but some Providers users might miss out.

APRIL 2021

COVID-19 Pandemic Hit Providers Users of Color Harder

MARCH 2021

A Year in the Lives of SNAP Households

In the Media

We often work with media outlets to connect our users with journalists that can highlight their stories. See a selection of recent pieces featuring our users below.

The New York Times

Even as the government expanded aid programs, many people faced barriers to using them. That problem is now being addressed with apps and streamlined websites.

Dec. 8, 2021

Food and Environment Reporting Network

With emergency SNAP benefits ending, a ‘hunger cliff’ looms

Tara Kramer hasn’t always had enough money to follow her doctor’s orders. She has a complex disability—hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which causes chronic pain and mobility and digestive issues—and good nutrition and physical therapy could help keep her symptoms under control.

Apr. 13, 2022

The 19th

Inflation is hurting women at the grocery store. Some are eating less in order to feed their families.

As grocery prices rise, women have few places to turn. Some report skipping meals, federal food benefits have not kept up and food pantries are also starting to feel the impact.

Apr. 12, 2022

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

American Families Wonder if They Can Count on the Child Tax Credit in 2022

Over 9,000 emails from low-income families across the country have hit the inboxes of lawmakers recently. They’re writing about the difference the Child Tax Credit has made to their families...

Dec. 15, 2021

Partner Research

Research on users from our partner organizations.


Southern Economic Advancement Project

Two years into the pandemic, Southern families' struggle with housing weighs heavy as lawmakers begin ARP spending plans


Ariel Kennan, Sara Soka, and Katie Sullivan

Accessible Benefits Information: Reducing Administrative Burden and Improving Equitable Access through Clear Communication About Safety Net Benefits


Natasha Pilkauskas, Patrick Cooney

Receipt and Usage of Child Tax Credit Payments Among Low-Income Families: What We Know


Julieta Cuéllar

The Tech-Enabled Social Safety Net: A Case Study of the EBT System


Andrew Hills

Salience through Information Technology: The Effect of Balance Availability on the Smoothing of SNAP Benefits


Wendy De La Rosa, Joanne Yeh

Managing SNAP (Food Stamps) Efficiently


Diana Enriquez, Adam Goldstein 

Covid-19’s Socio-Economic Impact on Low-Income Benefit Recipients: Early Evidence from Tracking Surveys