Iowa Capitol Digest for Friday, Oct. 1 | Govt-and-politics
A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest for Friday:
FOOD STAMP INCREASE
Nearly all Iowans receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — food stamps — will see a modest increase in benefits in October to account for a recent federal government review that took into account factors including the increasing cost of food, the Iowa Department of Human Services announced.
The update resulted in an approximate 27% increase in benefits. However, the change is taking place at the same time a pandemic-related increase will end. The December 2020 COVID-19 federal relief bill included a 15% increase in SNAP benefits from January through September 2021.
The net result is that most families will see an increase of $12 to $16 per person each month, DHS said.
The changes will happen automatically, and recipients will see the increased…