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Hoosiers on Food Stamps Will Lose Benefits Next Month

Beginning Nov. 1, Indiana residents using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will lose funding.

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Hoosiers using food stamps will lose some of their benefits beginning Nov. 1

More than 900,000 Hoosiers on food stamps will see their benefits reduced next month. The cut could mean losing nearly a week’s worth of meals for a family of four.

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits, commonly called food stamps, are given out based on family size. Beginning November 1, a one-person household will lose $11 a month and a family of four will lose $36 a month in benefits.

Emily Bryant is the executive director of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, a state food bank association. She says the reduction isn’t related to the federal government shutdown – the issue is federal stimulus dollars, handed out in 2009, that are going away.

“It’s something that we’ve seen coming for some time but not knowing whether there was a farm bill that would be passed or a budget that would be passed that would extend these enhanced benefits,” Bryant said. “A lot of folks kind of have waited until towards the end to realize that nothing is going to change.”

The state is telling SNAP recipients about the change but Bryant says food banks also need to be aware of the possibility of greater demand.  And she’s encouraging Hoosiers to donate more to food banks and organizations that combat hunger.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • David Fraiser

    This is a very slanted article… and I’m saying that as both a democrat and a (working poor) food stamp recipient. A family of 4 now gets $668 in food stamps. No, that doesn’t even come close to feeding a family of 4, but as they say, it is “supplemental.” As of Nov 1st when the extra benefits run out, that same family of 4 will get $632, or a reduction of $36.

    That’s the only part of your math that was correct.

    How can you claim they are “losing a week’s worth of meals”? $167, 25%, would be a week’s worth of meals. For 4 people, a lose of $36 is hard, but not impossible to absorb. And as a single person getting $200 a month (about to lose $11 a month), I can tell you it’s easier to feed 4, because you can buy in bulk and save.

    I also have to say I object to your pandering headline, making it sound like Indiana SNAP recipients were losing ALL their benefits. Quite frankly, things are bad enough in the world without the media sensationalizing this.

    Am I happy to lose $11 a month in food, when I was already scraping by? No…. but ya know what? I’ll get by. If this is what has to happen, for us all to lose a little for the good of the country, then it’s a good thing in the long run.

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  • bob

    I work in an area where the majority of people are getting way more than they need, I’ve seen people sell food stamps every month and even use them to pay child care expenses. some gas stations even let people buy cigarettes with them so I say it’s gonna need to drop a lot lower before people realize how much they need it.

  • joe

    My fiancee only gets 400.00 a month for family of 4. Not to mention food prices went way up. Im a single parent when i made good money i wld spend 100.00 a week wich is 400.00 a month on 1 teenage boy and that wasnt enough to feed him and now i lost pay and only bring home 200.00 a week and i apply for food stamps and they say i make to much when i got 80.00 a week goin out of my check to pay for my sons insurance. Evergthing in this country is screwed up now its not for better its worse than ever. People arent makn as much money but yet they raise everything food gas and make it harder and harder for people to live and harder for kids to grow up healthy because there parents are struggling and parents suffer so our kids dont have to.

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