The Gist

Thousands of Georgia’s low-income families are set for a cut to their food stamps when a pandemic-era federal program ends later this month, heightening concerns that many children could go hungry once schools let out for summer break.

Volunteers prepare meals at America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia in Savannah. (Credit: America's Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia)

What’s Happening

Roughly 1 in 9 Georgians have benefitted from a $95 monthly bump in their monthly food-stamp checks since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in March 2020, according to the state Department of Human Services.

That extra amount represents a nearly 30% increase to the average $233 food-stamp recipients get each month. The boost makes a big difference in the ability of families to buy groceries, especially amid skyrocketing food increases from national inflation and supply-chain issues, advocates say.

“That [$95] may not sound like a lot to a lot of folks,” said Danah Craft, executive director of the Georgia Food Bank Association. “But it is a significant amount when you factor in all the increased costs that low-income families are experiencing.”

Georgia is now in the final weeks of offering the extra food stamps through the federal Pandemic-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or P-SNAP. The program expires at the end of this month.

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