FARGO — Federal unemployment benefits, a $300 boost provided due to the coronavirus pandemic, expired Monday, Sept. 6, cutting off a lifeline relied on by many to buoy the turbulent waves of the pandemic.

Some area food banks are saying the expiration may cause more people to have financial struggles and have the need to use food banks, and that it can be difficult to know with certainty why someone is availing themselves of the food pantry.

"We do anticipate them (the number of people using the food bank) to go up, said Stacie Loegering, executive director of Emergency Food Pantry in Fargo. "It's really hard to know specifically why people come in or don't come in to the food pantry, but we are seeing a number of different changes to the system."

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