Local food banks adjust as pandemic-era SNAP benefits end

EUGENE, Ore. – Bonuses to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program that were implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic have come to an end, and officials with local food banks like FOOD For Lane County say they’re already seeing the effects.

Up until March 2023, many SNAP recipients have been receiving extra funds on their EBT cards to help pay for groceries during the pandemic. However, February 2023 was the last month the additional benefits were available, meaning that SNAP recipients now have less money to work with when it comes to buying groceries.

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