BRAZIL, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – SNAP benefits play a key role in the life of 8-year Brazil resident Elizabeth Fields.

Fields explained that she has utilized SNAP benefits for about 12 years and it’s necessary to keep food on the table.

“It’s important to get us through,” Fields said. “We come to the food pantry the last half of the month and get the rest of whatever we need.”

A proposed bill at the statehouse would make the application process for SNAP benefits easier. Seniors over the age of 60 would receive the benefits longer.

The last year has been tough on many throughout the nation. Whether its gasoline or eggs, prices are up. Fields said that they’re pushing through, but mentioned that she seen others struggle mightily during this period of inflation.

“The prices in grocery stores are going up,” Fields stated. “I know a lot of people who don’t have it and they struggle more to pay for groceries.”

As times are tough, more and more individuals are leaning on help from local food pantries.

Clay County Emergency Food Pantry CEO Mike Robinson said there’s been a big increase in those needing food over the last few months. He cited inflation as one of the big reasons for the influx of people.

If this legislation is made law, he expects this trend to continue.

“We’re seeing more new people,” Robinson said.

If the need for food continues to grow, Robinson assured that they will do whatever they can to provide for the community. He added that no one should ever go hungry.

“We’re an invaluable service to take care of feeding people,” Robinson explained.

The bill passed through the house and the senate and awaits action from the Governor.