‘Just scraping by’: Pennsylvania families waiting on additional SNAP benefits as court fight continues

Eber, a single mom living in McKees Rocks, was laid off from her customer service job because of the coronavirus pandemic. She is looking for work but said she and her daughter are struggling.

“It’s been rough,” she said. Enhanced unemployment benefits over the spring and summer helped, but when those came to an end, she needed to apply for food stamps.

“You know, we’re just scraping by,” she said.

Eber is one of many people who are facing hard times right now. Advocacy and anti-hunger groups say food insecurity has skyrocketed during the pandemic.

An October survey from Feeding Americshowed an increase in food insecurity in southwestern Pennsylvania of more than 40 percent. The number of people receiving food stamps in Pennsylvania has grown by more than 118,000 since February, according to the most recent state statistics.

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