900,000 Hoosiers See Cuts To Food Stamp Benefits

Hoosiers are seeing a reduction in food stamp benefits because the federal stimulus dollars that were boosting the program have run out.

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Stimulus money that was funding food stamps for Hoosiers runs out today.

Around 900,000 Hoosiers will see a drop in their food stamp benefits starting tomorrow. Congress has been using stimulus dollars to boost the benefits since 2009, but the funding is running out. And that is expected to put more pressure on Indiana food banks.

For a family of four, the cuts in food stamps amount to about 36 dollars per month.

And, more specifically, the nonprofit Feeding America estimates the reduction will mean a loss of 114,000 meals per month for the 27,500 people that use Hoosier Hills Food Bank in Bloomington.

“The bottom line is that those people who are seeing reductions in their SNAP benefits are very likely to be utilizing the services of emergency and supplemental food providers, like Food Pantries more often,” Hoosier Hills Food Bank Executive Director Julio Alonso says. “That’s going to mean that we have to come up with more food to support those agencies.”

But this may not be the last time food stamp benefits are cut. Congress is in the middle of debating a new version of the farm bill, which could pull another 5 percent out of food stamp benefits.

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