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Enhanced SNAP benefits set to expire for Hoosiers

Governors plead for food stamp flexibility amid pandemic
Posted at 11:56 AM, May 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-31 08:49:08-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosiers may soon notice a drop in their monthly Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

In March 2020, the federal government allowed the state to issue emergency allotments to help SNAP households during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this time, which ends in June, SNAP families were able to receive the maximum benefit based on the size of their household.

As the state of public health emergency ended in March, the last month these additional benefits will be handed out in May.

In June, benefits will return to pre-pandemic amounts.

Similar instances have happened recently in Kentucky and Ohio. In Kentucky, according to our sister stationWCPO in Cincinnati, households will see a median loss of benefits of $210 per month.

A spokesperson with the Salvation Army said they’ve already seen an increase in visits to its food pantries and hot food programs over the past several months as inflation has made it harder for Hoosiers to put food on the table. 

“The cost of food, housing, medical, and transportation has not been put into consideration regarding the ending of the pandemic emergency funds,” said Dena Simpson, Divisional Director of Social Services for The Salvation Army Indiana Division. “Individuals and families are in recovery mode and facing a number of challenges.”

Hoosiers can visit the FSSA website to learn more.

How you can help others:

Gleaners Give Milk Initiative

The Salvation Army Donor Page

Midwest Food Bank

The Salvation Army Food Pantries