In response to the surge in “cost of living” searches, Google is rapidly updating search results with helpful resources.

“Cost of living” search volume hits 10-year high, Google said in a blog post:

“In fact, search interest on “cost of living” hit a 10-year high this year. Help is often the search engine for people looking for financial aid information in the US.

We’ve updated our search experience to make it easier for people seeking support online to find answers to commonly asked questions about federal government benefits and find food assistance for their families.

Screenshot from:, December 2022.

Here’s an overview of Google search results improvements that make it easier for people to find support online.

Get information about benefits

Google provides quick access to resources for query types:

  • “How to Get Funding”
  • “Funding for Medical Bills”
  • “What is Disability Funding?”

The questions listed above are the most searched funding-related questions in the US, according to Google.

Searching these questions in Google will show you the eligibility requirements and how to apply for available programs.

“It can be complicated to understand the benefits that are available to you.

That’s why we’ve updated our search experience to make it easier to find everything you need to know about programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Get information about food assistance

Google says searches for “food banks and pantries” are up 20 percent year over year.

In return, Google is helping connect people to federal programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Google says in a blog post:

When you search for “Snap benefits,” you can find direct resources relevant to your area to determine your eligibility and how to apply for the benefit.

After being approved for the SNAP program, many people use Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards to pay for food. You can now search for “EBT” to find information about your state’s program, how to enroll, check your balance, and find the right phone numbers for support.

With our latest updates, you’ll also find easily accessible information on the Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

Google has more information about these programs at

Source: Google

Featured Image: Screenshot from, December 2022.

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