Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

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Indiana will begin testing a new program next week that will allow some Hoosiers to use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits for grocery delivery.

Emilie Syberg / WBAA


Lafayette’s Food Finders Food Bank has been ramping up its distribution across west central Indiana, as rising unemployment driven by the COVID-19 pandemic forces families to food pantries. But families will need other solutions for their food needs, now and in the future.  


Indiana Announces Additions To Food Stamp Benefits

Apr 28, 2020
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 Indiana is making two significant changes to its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, often called food stamps.

One of those changes is temporary, during the COVID-19 crisis, while the other is permanent.

First, families with children who are currently eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches will now get money through SNAP.

SNAP Recipients To Receive Maximum Benefits

Apr 6, 2020


Many Hoosiers who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits will see a temporary increase in the amount they receive starting this month. The goal is to help families provide food during the coronavirus pandemic.

SNAP recipients will now receive the maximum amount of funds for their household size. Emily Weikert Bryant with the group Feeding Indiana’s Hungry says a second deposit will be made the same day regular funds are distributed.

SNAP Rule Could Limit Food Assistance Waivers

Dec 21, 2018
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Lauren Chapman

President Donald Trump has proposed a new rule that could impact Hoosiers who need food assistance.

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

For the first time in 2018, both Lafayette and West Lafayette accepted Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits – commonly known as food stamps – at their farmer’s markets. SNAP can take time to catch on at a market, especially in year one, so more work still lies ahead to make both programs a success.

At Lafayette’s pre-Thanksgiving market, Daniel Fagerstrom of Fairstream Farms is listing all the different ways to prepare a Jerusalem artichoke.

“You can also grate them onto salads, if you want to use them fresh…so that’s another way to use them,” Fagerstrom says. “You can pan-fry them. Boil them like a potato, add a little butter or salt-and-pepper.”

Emilie Syberg / WBAA

Following reporting by WBAA News on delays in accepting food stamps at the Lafayette and West Lafayette farmer’s markets, those programs have begun to ramp up.

The Lafayette Farmer’s Market has begun accepting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits. A month into the process, twelve vendors have agreed to opt in to accept the vouchers. But the work to get the program up and running has only just begun.

Hoosier Nonprofits Concerned About Proposed SNAP Cuts

Apr 16, 2018
Jill Sheridan

The first look at cuts that could be coming to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, have some Hoosiers worried.  

The House Farm Bill would change eligibility and work requirements for the food assistance program. 

The SNAP Works for Hoosiers campaign includes Feeding Indiana’s Hungry. Executive director Emily Weikert Bryant says the changes would have a negative impact. 

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A bill before the Indiana House Committee on Family, Children and Human Affairs would make more people eligible for Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, benefits.

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A Senate committee on Monday approved a bill that would extend Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits — also known as SNAP or food stamps — to former offenders convicted of certain drug-related offenses.

A federal law prohibits former criminals convicted of, for example, trafficking controlled substances, from receiving food stamp benefits. States can choose to do away with the federal ban with a positive legislative vote.