San Francisco is preparing for a surge in food assistance applications after increased federal unemployment benefits of $600 per week ended and the coronavirus pandemic worsens. The city has already received more than 25,000 applications for the state’s CalFresh program since the coronavirus was declared a public health emergency in March, said Shireen McSpadden, executive director of San Francisco’s Department of Disability and Aging Services. “With the increased number of residents out of work, the number of people unable to afford enough nutritious food is also increasing,” McSpadden said during a news conference Tuesday. More than 55,000 households citywide were enrolled in CalFresh, which provides money for groceries, as of July. This month, the state plans to continue emergency benefits in order to max out each household’s monthly CalFresh benefit. Recent changes such as no longer requiring interviews for assistance have also made it easier to apply for those in need. More than 9 million Californians filed for unemployment insurance since the pandemic erupted in March, and more than 50 million are out of work nationwide. McSpadden said that 1 in 4 San Franciscans were at risk of hunger prior to the pandemic and that the African American and Latino… Read full this story
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