Weld is leading the state of Colorado as the county with the highest demand for SNAP food benefits. The SNAP is a food assistance program by the federal government, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, says Alejo.According to the Weld County Department of Human Services, its employees are working overtime to fulfill the rising demand for food assistance these days. In Colorado, Weld County is leading with the highest demand in applications for SNAP with an increase of 48%. SNAP is a food assistance program by the federal government. It is also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and was formerly known as food stamps.
In 2022, Weld County provided assistance to 14,436 SNAP cases in comparison to the 9,763 cases in 2019. The average SNAP food benefit before the COVID-19 pandemic was $290 each month but now has increased to $490. Due to the pandemic and rising costs of food, residents of Weld believed that the SNAP food benefits are worth the effort of applying for SNAP.
SNAP To End In 2023
However, the $1.7 trillion spending bill approved by the Congress will put an end to the SNAP food benefits after February 2023. The Assistance Payments Division Director Weld County Andie Garnand said that as a result, this will start to lessen some SNAP applications by March 2023. However, the county still needs to prepare for the impact it will leave on those who have been depending on the SNAP benefits to feed their families, as reported by Alejo.