No Increase in Food Stamp Values as Grocery Prices Rise

4 years 9 months 3 days ago July 25, 2012 Jul 25, 2012 Wednesday, July 25 2012 Wednesday, July 25, 2012 5:37:00 PM CDT in News
By: Joe Chiodo
loading

COLUMBIA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture released a forecast Wednesday highlighting inflations on food prices in the next year.  The inflation is due to a lack of corn and soybean crops availabe for food production.  Extreme heat and lack of rain killed the majority of the crops.  Although an increase in food prices will likely go into effect before fall, food stamp prices are fixed for the year, meaning no adjustment will be made as prices rise in 2012.

The forecast showed a 3.5% to 4.5 % average increase on foods in the coming year.  The department predicts a 3.5% to 4.5% increase in the cost of meats, poultry and fish, about a 2% to 3% increase in eggs and dairy products, fats and oils are expected to rise 4% to 5% and fruit and vegetable prices will go up about 2% to 3%. 

Jake Davis, owner of Root Cellar Grocery on Walnut Street in Downtown Columbia, told KOMU 8 News his grocery prices haven't shot up yet, but he expects them to soon.  Davis said customers will begin noticing the increase on unprocessed food first.

"Unprocessed foods...fruits and vegetables those are the things we're goin to see climb first, particularly those fruits and vegetables we produce in the mid-west," Davis said.

Davis added It isn't clear how soon the price hike will occur, but it could be soon.

"It could happen tomorrow, fifteen days from now, a month from now, but it will be soon.  Before fall," Davis said.

Processed foods, however, will not see a rise in price for several months.  Davis said processed foods currently being produced are still using corn crop from last growing season.  He said once this year's crop is put into production the prices will rise.

Low-income customers using food stamps often shop at The Root Cellar.  Davis said these customers food dollars will have less value once prices rise.

"People who are in that lower income bracket, you know this is obviously going to make it more challenging, Davis said."

Pat Westhoff, MU researcher and Director of the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Instiute, told KOMU 8 News there will be no change in the value of food stamps for 2012, despite a rise in the price of groceries.

"Those food stamp benefits in a given year are fixed, its only a year after the fact that there will be some adjustment for food stamp benefits," Westhoff said.

Westhoff said in 2013 the food stamps should be adjusted to account for the money lost from food stamp users in 2012.

Still, this means shoppers who use stamps must realize if there are drastic price increases they will not be able to afford as much food.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Gov. Eric Greitens has bought a lakeside house in a resort community west of St. Louis.... More >>
1 hour ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 9:14:38 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The maternal grandmother of a 7-year-old Kansas boy whose remains were found in a pigsty... More >>
1 hour ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 9:09:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A free carnival-style event Saturday aims to combine fun with education about childhood safety and accident prevention. The... More >>
2 hours ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 7:44:00 AM CDT in News
FULTON – Equestrian students at William Woods University have the unique opportunity to learn from a living legend April 28-30.... More >>
4 hours ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 5:53:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - According to a Columbia Police Department press release, officers arrested a suspect wanted by the St. Louis Police... More >>
6 hours ago April 29, 2017 Apr 29, 2017 Saturday, April 29 2017 Saturday, April 29, 2017 4:12:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Close to 25 environmental activists from mid-Missouri boarded a bus bound for Washington, D.C. Friday afternoon headed to... More >>
14 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 7:35:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Public Safety is preparing to respond to potential dangerous flooding in the forecast beginning... More >>
15 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 7:20:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - As prom season begins, the Jefferson City Police Department will start sending out more officers to monitor... More >>
15 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 7:01:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Fatal accidents involving drugged driving have surpassed those involving drunk driving, according to a new study from... More >>
16 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 5:36:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of workers in St. Louis are preparing to see a jump in pay now that... More >>
17 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 4:27:00 PM CDT in News
FULTON - Autopsy results confirmed the body found by the Fulton Police Department Monday is 31-year-old Carl L. DeBrodie, the... More >>
18 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 3:51:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Some Columbia utility customers are complaining because of recent past due notices sent out for the month of... More >>
18 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 3:29:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Lincoln University’s Board of Curators announced Thursday it will suspend tenure and earned advancements for its faculty.... More >>
19 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 3:24:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Four teenagers were taken to the hospital Friday morning following a vehicle crash on I-70, according to the... More >>
19 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 2:58:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Music enhances and develops the life of 20-year-old Nathan Walton on a daily basis. "I play a... More >>
20 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 2:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Missouri Task Force 1 sent a team to Southern Missouri to help with the possible flooding in the... More >>
20 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 2:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The UM System Board of Curators approved amendments to the University of Missouri-Columbia's collected rules governing faculty standards... More >>
20 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 1:32:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The pollen count in Missouri is the highest it has been in ten years, but that might not... More >>
21 hours ago April 28, 2017 Apr 28, 2017 Friday, April 28 2017 Friday, April 28, 2017 1:23:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 57°
11am 58°
12pm 58°
1pm 58°
2pm 57°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:00a
The Voyager with Josh Garcia
10:30a
Wilderness Vet
11:00a
Journey with Dylan Dreyer
10:00a
Save Our Shelter
10:30a
Vacation Creation
11:00a
Save to Win

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld