The specter of hunger hangs over Brazil's presidential race this year like few before it.
Rampant inflation and fallout from the pandemic have pushed food insecurity here to levels nearly unrecognizable a decade ago. One in three Brazilians say they have struggled recently to feed their families.
Trailing in the polls and eager to offer relief, President Jair Bolsonaro dribbled budget rules to boost Brazil's main welfare program by 50% through the end of the year.
"They think we are dumb. Increasing welfare from 400 reais ($76.05) to 600 reais does not help when supermarket prices have risen so much," said the migrant from Brazil's poor Northeast. "People are going to die of hunger."
(Photography Amanda Perobelli, Adriano Machado, Ueslei Marcelino, Pilar Olivares and Diego Vara; Photo Editing Kezia Levitas; Additional Reporting Ueslei Marcelino and Pilar Olivares; Writing Anthony Boadle; Text Editing Diane Craft; Layout Kezia Levitas)