Pandemic Food Assistance Comes To An End
As the prices of groceries continue to sit at record highs, millions of Americans will find themselves with less money to spend on food this month as COVID pandemic emergency food assistance has come to an end.
The loss of the supplemental funding means people who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will get an average of $90 less than they’ve been receiving since the pandemic began, according to figures from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
However, some households will see their benefits drop by $250 or more, the institute reports. “This is a change that will increase hardship for many individuals and families, especially given the modest amount of regular SNAP benefits, which are only about $6 per person per day, on average,” says Dottie Rosenbaum, director of federal SNAP policy for the institute.
Currently, approximately 40 million Americans collect SNAP benefits.