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Indiana lawmakers vote to increase food stamp eligibility, benefits

Posted: 10:24 PM, Apr 17, 2017
Updated: 2017-04-18 12:53:02-04

INDIANAPOLIS – A proposal to increase food stamp benefits was approved by state lawmakers Monday, as they hope to give more people access to the SNAP program.

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides food assistance to low and no income people and families living in the United States (U.S.). It is a federal aid program administered by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), however, distribution of benefits occurs at the state level,” according to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

The proposal would grant food stamps to those who have less than $5,000 in assets. The current state guideline accepts only those with $2,200 in assets or less.

"It's not a handout, it's a hand up. It allows people to get back on their feet quicker,” said Sen. Jim Merritt.

The proposal will be sent to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk for consideration. 

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