Local food banks preparing for increased demand as pandemic-era benefits end

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County food banks are anticipating more people will need their help as COVID-19 pandemic-related food assistance benefits expire at the end of February.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits have been increased since April of 2020 to address challenges arising from the pandemic. However, those enhanced benefits will end after February, leaving beneficiaries with a level of assistance similar to that of pre-pandemic levels.

Tom Mulhern, the executive director of FOOD For Lane County, says that while the pandemic is subsiding the need for help is still great due to high inflation.

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By KEZI News