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SNAP Beneficiaries Could Experience Decrease in Their Upcoming Payout

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH - A shopper holds fresh produce at Northgate Gonzalez Market before a press conference there where the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced new data on food insecurity in Los Angeles County on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 in Los Angeles. Data released today shows that food insecurity affected one out of three Los Angeles County low-income households. Among those food insecure households, more than 67% were Latino. (Danny Moloshok/AP Images for Los Angeles County Department of Public Health)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP, will see a reduction in benefits starting on February 28.

This is because recent policy changes at the federal level have caused the emergency funds households received in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to expire.

In order to help participants, pay for food during the pandemic, the Illinois Department of Human Services increased SNAP benefits in April 2020 by issuing “emergency allotments,” an increase in funding per participant.

Base on the article published by CBN News Chicago on January 20, 2023, every household received a minimum of $95 more than what they were getting before the pandemic. By taking away anywhere between $95 and $200 per month, experts project that will have an impact on about 2 million recipients just in the state of Illinois.

Salgado is familiar with how it feels to be hungry. A few months ago, when her link card was invalid due to fraud, she spoke with CBS 2 about the situation. It was the most stressful month she had ever experienced, she said. That one month when I didn’t have the link card. Salgado claimed that she spends every last penny on food for herself and her children.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository employs Man-Yee Lee. At their distribution centers, they are already preparing for an influx of people. He claims that this will worsen food insecurity and put stress on the charitable food system, which has been addressing a multi-year hunger crisis.