Families who receive SNAP, or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, benefits will need to adjust their grocery shopping schedules. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is changing the dates on which the benefits will be received. January of 2014 will serve as a transition month for the program, with the changes to be fully implemented in February. State officials stress that benefit amounts are not changing. The only change is the date on which benefits are applied to the Hoosier Works EBT card. Previously payments were made during the first 10 days of the month. However, a change to state law will spread payments from the 5th to the 23rd of each month, on odd days. More information about the change is available online at www.SNAP.IN.gov.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.