PITTSBURGH – In early October, President Joe Biden announced a 25% increase in the benefits of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Staff at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank say this contributes to a slight decrease in community needs.
“They announced a general increase in SNAP benefits, so that a family of four would normally reach $ 680 per month. Now, a family of four can receive a maximum benefit of $ 835 per month, ”said Brian Gulish, vice president of marketing and communications for the food bank.
The Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank currently serves about 300,000 meals per month, up from 340,000 at the height of the pandemic, but up from 260,000 before the pandemic.
In addition to improving SNAP benefits, staff also believe that a recovering economy is playing a role in reducing needs.
“The way we see it is, you see people going back to work, the economy hopefully coming back to where it needs to be, so people are more empowered,” Gulish said.
Despite the current trend, the food bank is still anticipating a few busy months.
“For us, the need is still there,” Gulish said. “We’re going to see this need increase as we move into the holiday season, as we always do, pandemic or not. “
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