Hoosiers who rely on food stamps will receive maximum benefits during coronavirus pandemic

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – More than 152,000 Indiana households will receive additional SNAP benefits beginning next week.

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration said the additional funds from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are intended to provide support for Hoosiers during the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s part of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which gives states the option to provide households with the maximum SNAP allotment. Households that are not currently receiving the maximum benefit will start getting it. Households already receiving the maximum allotment will not receive additional benefits.

The FSSA said all new SNAP applications authorized in April will receive the maximum allotment.

Here’s the breakdown:

Number in SNAP householdMaximum benefit
Each additional personAdd $146

Indiana’s SNAP recipients receive their benefits via electric benefit transfer (EBT) according to a schedule based on the first letter of their last name. Distributions begin on the 5th of each month and conclude on the 23rd.

In February, 559,600 Hoosiers from approximately 253,658 households across Indiana received SNAP benefits.

Who gets SNAP benefits?

Households are required to pass a gross income test to qualify. Gross income is per household size and based on the gross monthly income between all household members. You can see if you qualify here.

Families must apply for benefits. It typically takes about 30 days to process the paperwork.

How will the coronavirus pandemic impact my benefits?

The state of Indiana is scheduled to send out SNAP benefits on time, between April 5th and April 23rd. They do not expect a delay due to the pandemic. Benefits will be sent out based on the first letter of your last name.

Will I receive any additional assistance this month?

The Family and Social Services Administration plans to send more than 152,000 households additional SNAP benefits. If you were not already receiving the maximum allotment, you will now.

If I have questions about SNAP benefits or how to apply, who who can I call?

You can find you local Division of Family Resources by county on the state’s website.

You can also call the DFR toll-free phone line at 1-800-403-0864.

In Indianapolis, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana offers a SNAP Outreach hotline. The coordinator, Richard Gordon, is available at (317) 925-0191.

How many Hoosiers rely on SNAP benefits?

As of February 2020, nearly 560,000 people received benefits.

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