COVID’s not over – so why is pandemic unemployment assistance ending?
Federal unemployment benefit programs made possible by the CARES Act are ending on September 4th, 2021. Millions of workers will lose the supplementary unemployment cash they now receive on top of their existing unemployment assistance. That means the extra $300 on top of standard unemployment workers can use to buy food is ending.
Why This Matters
The Delta variant of COVID-19 is still surging and still putting workers at risk. And yet, assistance designed to help workers manage the worst effects of the pandemic are ending. California is the most impacted state affected by this change. An estimated 2.2 million Californians will lose their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance.
We believe that everyone in California should have enough to eat. But this weekend, millions of Californians will lose the resources they need to access food.
With benefits ending, there will be a steep increase in people in need of additional supports. It’s important that workers know what they need to do to secure this extra support for themselves and their families, which are getting a 21% increase this October.
We need to make sure Californians know they’re eligible for the CalFresh program and we need to ask Congress to prioritize investments in nutrition in recovery legislation.