COVID-19 Pandemic Hit Fresh EBT Users of Color Harder

April 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic crisis has hit Americans hard. It has also laid bare the ways systemic racism means that Black Americans face greater challenges during times of crisis.

Monthly User Insights

To understand how the circumstances in the lives of Fresh EBT users are changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've been conducting monthly surveys. We ask around 5,000 users each month about accessing new government benefits, employment, housing, and food insecurity.

Fresh EBT Users In Depth

MARCH 2021

A Year in the Lives of SNAP Households

APRIL 2021

COVID-19 Pandemic Hit Fresh EBT Users of Color Harder

Fresh EBT Users in the News

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


When Parents Lose Their Jobs, Their Children Also Suffer. But Sometimes There’s a Consolation.

Nearly 22 percent of children in the United States had an unemployed parent in April, the highest rate on record, according to Zachary Parolin, a researcher at Columbia University.

Nov 1, 2020


8 Million Have Slipped Into Poverty Since May as Federal Aid Has Dried Up

Two new studies show the effect of the emergency $2 trillion package known as the Cares Act and what happened when the money ran out.

Oct 15, 2020

Peer Research on Fresh EBT Users

Articles from partner organizations on Fresh EBT user data.


Andrew Hills