Those on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, food stamps, received a bit extra on their card in 2009 to help out with the recession.
That extension is now over and benefits are back to pre-recession levels.
Susan Ogborn is president and CEO of the Food Bank for the Heartland and she says thousands will be impacted by this decision.
There are 180,000 Nebraskans currently receiving food stamps. The cut equals about $10 per person so that roughly equals $2-million dollars. Ogborn says the first to feel the impact will be those receiving the benefit. She says the next will be grocery stores where those benefits are used. She says many will supplement the loss by visiting food pantries so the amount of people served will increase.
The Food Bank for the Heartland helps stock the shelves of more than 285 food pantries in Nebraska and western Iowa and is also the source of several programs that provides food for those in need. Ogborn expects requests from pantries will also increase as more people seek help.
Ogborn says October was their busiest month on record with requests from food pantries for assistance in stocking their shelves. That will likely increase with the arrival of the holiday season.