Hunger is still a significant issue even in 2023, further supporting the claim that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. According to the most recent U.S. census data, hunger around America is improving compared to a month ago. But food insecurity has a long way to go before returning to pre-pandemic levels.  Self-reported food insecurity for the week ending Aug. 2 was at its lowest levels since the start of the coronavirus pandemic for households with children, according to the census data.

That dovetails with substantial job numbers, more robust economic growth and other bright spots in the economic recovery. But food stamps enrollment is still way up, 2 million more than last year and 6 million more than in 2019. And food banks are still seeing more need than during pre-pandemic times dramatically. Washington Post

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, as of the latest data released on September 3, 2021, the total number of Americans receiving food stamps is 42.3 million12.

In August 2021, the average benefits for people in the SNAP program rose more than 25% above pre-pandemic levels3. However, according to CNN, millions of Americans will lose $3 billion in food stamp benefits due to the end of pandemic emergency allotments4Cnn