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Food Banks’ Demand Surges Ahead of First Thanksgiving Without Pandemic Aid

They are seeing "unprecedented demand"

Since the federal government slashed COVID-19 pandemic-era food assistance in March, Tahjae Pitt has been skimping on laundry.

"I've got three bags of dirty clothes because I had to spend money on groceries," said Pitt, 26, a single mother in Southeast D.C. "I had to make sure my son had food."

Cutting the assistance, which had bolstered Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payments, affected more than a million households like Pitt's in the D.C. area, according to a report from the nonprofit Food Research & Action Center. Now, as the country approaches its first Thanksgiving since such safety-net programs expired, some local food banks say the need is higher than it has been in years.

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