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Most Hoosiers should see slight increase in food stamps in October

Justin Hicks / IPB News

Hoosiers should expect a change in their food stamp benefits as October begins – with most getting an increase.

There are two adjustments to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. The first is the end of a temporary, pandemic-driven 15 percent benefit increase. It was part of the Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan and doesn’t go beyond Sept. 30.

But another change, taking effect Oct. 1, should more than offset that decrease. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, at the direction of Congress, recently updated its Thrifty Food Plan. The USDA describes that as “the cost of groceries needed to provide a healthy, budget-conscious diet for a family of four.”

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According to the agency, that update means SNAP’s purchasing power will increase for the first time since 1975. And it estimates that most SNAP recipients will see a $12 to $16 per person boost in their monthly benefits.

The state says because both those changes are happening at the same time, most Hoosiers should see a slight increase in their SNAP benefits in October.

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Brandon Smith is excited to be working for public radio in Indiana. He has previously worked in public radio as a reporter and anchor in mid-Missouri for KBIA Radio out of Columbia. Prior to that, he worked for WSPY Radio in Plano, Illinois as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. His first job in radio was in another state capitol, in Jefferson City, Missouri, as a reporter for three radio stations around Missouri. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.