YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN/WJW) – Several changes are coming in 2023 that could impact those who receive SNAP benefits.
The USDA says the temporary boost, known as emergency allotments, to SNAP benefits put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic will end nationwide in 2023.
Also, households that receive SNAP and Social Security benefits will see a decrease in their SNAP benefits because of the significant cost of living increase to Social Security benefits that went into effect Jan. 1.
SNAP benefit amounts will return to normal in Ohio in March. Some states have already stopped emergency allotments.
The following resources are available for anyone looking for additional help to provide food for themselves and their families:
Produce Perks – This is a partnership with SNAP and select Dave’s Supermarkets and local Farmer Markets.
Greater Cleveland Food Bank – Find food pantries, mobile pantries and hot meal sites near you. Call the Greater Cleveland Food Bank’s Help Center at 216-738-2067 or use their “Find Food Near Me” online tool here.
United Way 2-1-1 – You can call the United Way Help Center at 2-1-1 for resources and information for food, clothing, housing, health care and more. The line is open 24 hours every day.
The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH) – Find meal sites, housing, counseling, and more here.
Emergency allotments allowed households to receive an additional $95 or an additional benefit valued up to the maximum benefit for their household size, whichever value is greater.
According to Ohio’s extension approval for the month of January 2023, 673,063 households receive the emergency allotment at a cost of over $126 million.
More information and frequently asked questions can be found on the USDA website.