SNAP Benefits While Working in Poverty

AMARILLO -- Those who work and live in poverty get the majority of supplemental nutrition assistance, or snap benefits.

This is new on the national level, but not so for folks around the Texas Panhandle. 

The High Plains Food Bank says this trend has been in place for a few years.

Previously, children and the elderly received most of the benefits, but those needs have not gone down.

The cause is centered around family or medical emergencies, and for some of those cases, the assistance has to continue.

Broc Carter of the High Plains Food Bank told us "medicine and medical bills, things like that are what's keeping food off the table, especially locally for the people that we're seeing every month."

Carter says he's encouraged by the stories of families in that situation who are able to use the assistance but get off the program after a shorter amount of time. 

They don't hear those stories that often because several of those families don't have to come back.

The average amount of time people are on snap is nine months, and that time hasn't changed in the last few years.

In Amarillo alone, about 30 percent of the population is below the poverty line, while unemployment continues to be very low.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, you can go to the High Plains Food Bank website here or call them at 806-374-8562

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