Covid Food Relief to end in March
North Carolina and the rest of the country are facing a new challenge as emergency allotments for the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program will be ending in March 2023.
This change, made by the federal government, will affect households that have been receiving extra FNS benefits (called “emergency allotments”) each month since March 2020 or after. The end of these emergency allotments will cause a reduction in benefits for those households who have been relying on them. This could have a significant impact on families who are already struggling to make ends meet due to the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. State and local governments are scrambling to find ways to help those affected by this change. Some states are looking into providing additional funding for food banks and other organizations that provide assistance to low-income families. Others are exploring options such as expanding eligibility for existing programs or creating new ones. The federal government has also taken steps to help those affected by the end of emergency allotments. They have extended unemployment benefits, increased SNAP benefits, and provided additional funding for food banks and other organizations that provide assistance to those in need. It is important to remember that while these changes can be difficult, there are still ways to get help if you need it. Reach out to your local government or community organizations for more information on how you can get assistance during this time.