Latest Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program News

SNAP fraud investigation leads to arrest in Mississippi

Nov. 18, 2021 11:35 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi woman faces charges for fraudulently receiving food benefits, state officials said. The 29-year-old woman from Foxworth, Mississippi, was arrested after investigators found she received an over-issuance of Supplemental Nutrition...

Thousands of military families struggle with food insecurity

Nov. 15, 2021 13:07 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — It’s a hidden crisis that has existed for years inside one of the most well-funded institutions on the planet and has only worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 160,000 active-duty military members are having trouble feeding their families. ...

323K people in Louisiana get disaster food stamps after Ida

Oct. 31, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 323,000 people in Louisiana, mostly from Jefferson Parish, received emergency food stamps after Hurricane Ida struck southeastern parishes. The Advocate reports the emergency aid was the second-largest distribution of food stamps in...

Ricketts promotes Nebraska jobs program for SNAP recipients

Oct. 13, 2021 16:20 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts dished praise Wednesday on a federally funded job-training program that helps Nebraskans on food stamps pay for textbooks, transportation and other services to help them get higher-paying jobs. Ricketts singled out the SNAP Next...

Fewer in US turn to food banks, but millions still in need

Oct. 12, 2021 18:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hunger and food insecurity across the United States have dropped measurably over the past six months, but the need remains far above pre-pandemic levels. And specialists in hunger issues warn that the situation for millions of families remains extremely fragile. ...

Men charged with food stamp fraud at convenience store

Oct. 02, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, Conn. (AP) — Two Connecticut men have been accused of allowing federal food aid recipients to redeem their benefits for cash and other ineligible items at a convenience store while charging them a nearly 50% premium for the transactions. The owner of the...

Ida disaster food stamp application extended in Louisiana

Sep. 30, 2021 12:44 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Inundated by calls from people struggling to buy groceries after Hurricane Ida, Louisiana's social services agency received federal approval to stretch out the application period for disaster food stamps by three additional days to work through the backlog. ...

Nutrition aid surges, food banks brace for uncertain future

Sep. 15, 2021 18:39 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Food banks in New Mexico with high rates of childhood poverty and hunger are watching with apprehension as the federal government boosts standard food stamp benefits in October and extends generous emergency allotments temporarily. President Joe...

Tennessee offering food benefits to flood victims

Sep. 13, 2021 05:05 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Some Tennessee residents affected by last month's flooding can apply for emergency food benefits. The Department of Human Services announced that the state will begin accepting applications for “disaster SNAP” benefits for people who live or...

Concert venues impose COVID rules; food stamp boost extended

Sep. 12, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

A look at coronavirus developments around New England: __ MAINE Maine’s concert venues are reemerging from a pandemic hiatus, and many are setting strict rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19. One...