The expanded child tax credit briefly slashed child poverty. Here’s what else it did

Originally posted on NPR.

The monthly payments slashed food insufficiency by a quarter

Food insufficiency happens when, over the course of a week, a family doesn’t have enough to eat sometimes or often. Throughout the pandemic, insufficiency rates have fluctuated, spiking in late 2020. The six monthly child tax credit payments of 2021, though, appeared to cut food insufficiency among families by 26%.