Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

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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.

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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.

More than 900,000 Hoosiers on food stamps will see their benefits reduced next month.  The cut could mean losing nearly a week’s worth of meals for a family of four.

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits, commonly called food stamps, are given out based on family size.  And beginning November 1, a one-person household will lose $11 a month and a family of four will lose $36 a month in benefits.

Senator Joe Donnelly is emphasizing the importance of passing a long-term farm bill that not only provides help to the agriculture community but also helps reduce the deficit. 

The 2008 farm bill expired in January, though Congress quickly extended it to October.  A five-year farm bill passed the U-S Senate Agriculture Committee last week and Senator Joe Donnelly says he’s hoping it will hit the Senate floor soon.