Food aid which is enhancing by the federal will be cut off from Hoosier families on April 16th. It is under a new law that was signing by Republican Governor Eric Holcomb.
There are an estimated 10% of Indiana households that have receiving emergency allotments which do amount to roughly $90 a month on top of their usual food assistance which is providing through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is formerly known as food stamps.
Food Aid – SNAP
The emergency allotments, along with SNAP, are fully funding by the federal government. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration just merely administers the distribution of SNAP benefits to Hoosiers earning less than 130% of the federal poverty level. Also to $34,452 for a family of four. They must have less than $5,000 in assets, excluding a residence.
The emergency SNAP allotments, under federal law, are currently due to continuing until June 30th. Plus, the extra food air could also be extending through September. That is if the federal COVID-19 emergency is renewing in early April.
House Enrolled Act 1001
The House Enrolled Act 1001 does cut off emergency SNAP allotments to Indiana families next month. This is because none of that federal money is going to be spending at Indiana grocery stores. This is regardless of how long the federal government does continue the program.
Enhanced SNAP Cutoff
Also, the enhanced SNAP cutoff is the only hard deadline in the new state law. It does otherwise permit Indiana to continue receiving other federal COVID-19 relief. It would be for as long as the extra assistance is provided by the federal government.
In fact, it was adding to the measure by state Senator Mark Messmer. It was adopting by the Republican-controlled Senate on an unrecorded voice vote. There was a similar provision in Senate Bill 3 which failed to advance in the Republican-controlled House.
State Senator Mike Young did say that eliminating the enhanced SNAP benefit is going to show the federal government Indiana does not support its
State Sen. Mike Young, R-Indianapolis, said eliminating the enhanced SNAP benefit will show the federal government Indiana doesn’t support its careless deficit spending and plus the inflationary monetary policies.