Thousands of Arizona have increased the number of food stamp recipients over the past years, leading the states to call for help with their groceries.
The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program
SNAP benefits serve as a safety net for low-income families so they can buy healthy groceries during tough times. SNAP is more widely known as food stamps or Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.
In Arizona, thousands of people turned to the state for assistance with their groceries and take advantage of applying for the benefit. According to FOX 10 news due to the increased numbers, the cabinets are full and the program shrinks payouts.
The Arizona SNAP Payouts Shrinks
In Arizona, the Food stamp payouts have dropped 35% on average this summer. Arizona compare to the other 22 states, did not take the pandemic emergency money in April, and the decrease occurs while the number of applications is rising. 10 reports that in January 811,000 Arizonans collected SNAP benefits. Now it has grown by more than 100,000. 913,000 people accumulated in August. Furthermore, There’s been an increase of 52,000 Arizonans in the past two months only.
Food assistance from SNAP has been a good provider to everyone. Kay Fritsche a resident of Mesa is on a fixed salary but bills piling up on her table is been a struggle. However, thanks to SNAP benefits, she was able to fill her freezer with some meals so she’s full. Fritsche said t” I’m alright now, but if the food keeps going up..” Tough choices will have to be made.