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Food stamps, SNAP benefits: 3 big changes

There are a few changes when it comes to food stamps coming for the month of January that will impact millions.

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SNAP benefits is a government funded program that assists low income families with affording food.

The benefits are loaded each month onto a electronic card, known as an EBT card. The card can then be used at participating grocery and convenience stores.

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Recently there have been a few changes revealed when it comes to food stamps

First, is the extension of emergency food stamps.

The USDA announced that $1 billion per month was going to go towards emergency food stamps in April.

25 million Americans who struggle to afford food have benefitted from this.

The amount households get depends on their size, but everyone in the program would see at least $95 more each month.

The increase had an expiration date of Sept. 30, 2021.

Many states decided they would still continue the benefits.

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States still offering emergency SNAP benefits in January include

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

SNAP benefits now accepted by local farms

Another big change is that those with food stamps are now able to use their benefits to purchase food from farmers in New Yor.

This allows recipients to use their cards online to purchase food from New York State farmers.

Finally, Hawaiians will see changes with how they can purchase food using their EBT cards from 7-Eleven.

Customers can now place orders with the convenience store online and have their food delivered to them.

7-Eleven has partnered with Vroom Delivery to deliver products to customers from 65 different locations.

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