Indiana food banks are prepared for a possible spike in demand as emergency SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits are slated to expire next month, according to the state’s food bank association.
Families on SNAP were given “emergency allotments” by the state in March 2020 after the federal government granted permission for the state to do so during the coronavirus outbreak.
In the state of Indiana, many families received more assistance than they would have otherwise, according to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (IFSSA).
This is due to the fact that Indiana’s public health emergency ended on March 3 and a subsequent change in state legislation, which means that the benefits will expire in May.
In spite of the epidemic, several Indiana food banks report that the current demand is more than ever and that it could rise even further in the future, citing the growing cost of petrol and food as a contributing factor to the increased problems faced by many households.
In an interview with, John Whitaker, executive director of the Midwest Food Bank, stated that “the hardest struck appear to be right here in the main Indianapolis region,” but that “we also have some deeply ingrained poverty in the outlying counties as well.”
Some organizations have also reported an increase in the number of persons requesting information about food stamps, including some who have never received them in the past.
We (will) have to pick up our efforts because of the way SNAP is being cut back, Whitaker said. “Some individuals attempt to make it, but then it only takes one occurrence to push them to the point where they truly need to rely on it,” Whitaker said.
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SNAP benefits were obtained by more than 600,000 Hoosiers, according to state data as of February this year.
Income, household size, and authorized dedications will be among the factors used to determine the amount of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits a household can receive beginning in June.