Food is getting more expensive in the U.S., and it’s not just due to COVID

These price increases have significant consequences for the most vulnerable Americans. The United States Department of Agriculture reported Wednesday that 13.8 million households were considered food insecure in 2020.

The Biden administration last month increased assistance for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Previously known as Food Stamps, the benefits were increased by more than 25%.

“It’s a combination of all these factors,” SuperMarketGuru.com editor Phil Lempert said. “It’s very difficult to say what did the pandemic do? What does climate change do? What is transportation do? So we’ve got to lump it all together. And we’ve got to solve them all together.”