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Food Prices Affecting SNAP Benefits for Maryland

October 6th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

As food prices go up, many Maryland residents are seeing a drastic decrease in their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and they are worried about how they will feed their families. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the federal government gave seniors and low income resident supplemental food assistance. Now that's being taken away. One Cumberland woman told WCBC News that she had been receiving more than $300 per month for food- and that has now been cut to $25. The state reports that federal law requires Maryland to return to standard benefit levels, which means all households eligible for SNAP will get standard SNAP benefits. Just how much depends on a combination of household income, size and expenses and assets. Governor Larry Hogan, when asked about the reductions and the impact on Maryland families, said this is a federal issue that the state can do little about…