Newly signed legislation will expand access to food stamps in Illinois.
The law, signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner this week, increases eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to 165 percent of the federal poverty level, which works out to be about $33,000 per year for a family of three.
Kimberly Drew, senior project manager for economic security policy at the Heartland Alliance, says this raises Illinois eligibility standards from the lowest level permitted by federal law.
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"It will help primarily working families access the SNAP program and be able to provide adequate food for their families," Drew said.
Drew says this will make an additional 40,000 households around the state eligible for SNAP benefits.