From farms and processing plants to restaurants and grocery stores, the pandemic has disrupted the food system and put food policy at the forefront of national discourse. Grassroots organizers, labor strikes, and rallying cries are beginning to influence new regulations surrounding essential businesses, government relief efforts, and creative solutions to save independent restaurants.

This week, we’re diving into the nuts and bolts of various policy initiatives, to understand who has received federal loans, how independent restaurants have coalesced to demand greater support, why the bailout of the United States Postal Service could benefit small food businesses, and how a pilot program allowing SNAP recipients to shop online could negatively impact independent grocers.

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