INDIANAPOLIS — May marks the final month for enhanced food stamp benefits in Indiana.
At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the federal government issued emergency benefits for families under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
The change meant families were eligible for more benefits than they would have been had it not been for a public health emergency.
The Family and Social Services Administration revealed earlier this year that May would be the last month for enhanced benefits, citing a recent change in state law that effectively ended the COVID-19 public health emergency in Indiana.
Starting in June, households will no longer receive the enhanced SNAP benefit amount. But the FSSA said benefits would not return to pre-pandemic levels, pointing to a cost-of-living adjustment and an updated formula from the USDA’s Thrifty Food Plan in October 2021.
The latter adjustment amounted to an additional 40 cents per person per meal, according to the USDA.
The amount of each family’s monthly benefit cut will vary depending on several factors, including household size, income and allowable deductions. The USDA has released a chart showing how some common situations will be affected.
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