SNAP Benefits Slashed

More than 2 million Americans rely on food stamps to buy their groceries, but starting in November they will be getting a little less.

Those receiving funding from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, can expect their monthly benefits to decrease anywhere from $11 for one person to $36 for a family of four.

State officials say the cut is happening because temporary increases passed during the height of the recession expired at the beginning of this month.
Local food pantry Loaves & Fishes is expecting to see an increase in the amount of people coming in for assistance.
“People who were on food stamps before and making ends meet might now need to come in here to supplement,” said Charles McLimans, CEO of Loaves & Fishes. “We’re bringing in more food and going into the community for philanthropy to help these families.”

Recipients can check how much their benefits are impacted by calling the number on the back of their Link card or by calling the automated helpline at (800) 843-6154.

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