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End of SNAP Benefits: See How It Affects Americans

SNAP benefits are sent out through Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT cards.
SNAP benefits are sent out through Electronic Benefit Transfer or EBT cards. (Photo: Peter G. Peterson Foundation)

All states’ SNAP emergency allotments are ending, the USDA confirmed this month. This implies that Golden Harvest Food Bank and many other organizations will now find it more challenging to put food in the hands of families to alleviate hunger in 25 counties. 

This month, all states will stop receiving the extra money. South Carolina’s food assistance ended in January, but Georgia’s payments ended in May of last year. WJBF, citing the Golden Harvest Food Bank, said the Peach State and now the Palmetto State both have rising needs.

Food Stamps: When Scheduled SNAP Benefits Are Sent in March 2023

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, which is commonly referred to as food stamps, issues payments that go out according to your state’s monthly schedule. SNAP is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program, helping millions of low-income Americans supplement their household’s monthly food budget. (Photo by SbytovaMN / iStock.com)

SNAP Benefits Coming To An End

Even though the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts that food prices will climb by 8% this year, after a 10% increase last year, the extra aid is now set to stop this month. 

Republican Mayor John Giles, head of the Mayors Coalition to End Childhood Hunger, a nonpartisan alliance of more than 130 mayors from 45 states and the District of Columbia, said the public is poised to experience a “double whammy” of benefits decreasing and food costs rising as the SNAP benefits end.

Giles and the U.S. Conference of Mayors are urging lawmakers to support a proposal that would increase the amount of food stamps people receive each month by almost a third as Congress works on a necessary farm bill, which includes deciding how much to spend on the SNAP benefits over the next five years. 

The average amount of food stamps recipients get each month will decrease from $9 per day to $6.10 after the pandemic subsidies finish. In a resolution adopted at its annual meeting in July of last year, the mayors said that families would have to choose between paying for food or medication. 

The loss of funds for households to purchase food “would also limit economic activity and affect grocery shops and local food enterprises,” the mayors said in their defense. 

ALSO READ: Food Stamps: More SNAP Benefits To End Nationwide By March

What The Lawmakers Would Do About It

Route Fifty said Republicans and Democrats disagree on what should be done next. Before the 2018 legislation expires and certain agricultural subsidies automatically decrease, the parties must agree on a new farm bill. 

Republicans are horrified by the government’s expected expenditures for the program over the next ten years, which almost quadrupled in recent years. Some Republicans are proposing to withdraw the option of states to waive work requirements on food stamps, which opponents claim may prevent millions from continuing to be able to get the help, in part to control expenses as they strive to slash total federal expenditure.

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