LB108 aims to expand SNAP benefits

LAUREL -- The Center for Rural Affairs hosted a virtual town hall Wednesday on LB108. 

The bill addresses economic challenges for rural communities. 

"It would solve the cliff affect problem ... that causes some people to lose their benefits before they make enough money to replace those benefits," Policy Assistant Associate Nathan Beacon said. 

Food insecurity, he said, has gone up 150% since the pandemic began. 

"That's a problem," said Senator John McCollister, a Republican Nebraska state senator who introduced the bill. "When we raise the rate, a family can make more without losing their benefits."

Organizers also argued that it helps food retailers, in that people will spend more money at the grocery.