By Gary Lloyd
Families and individuals enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will see a decrease in their benefits beginning in November.
The decrease is a result of the expiration of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that went into effect in April 2009.
SNAP amounts are determined by several factors such as income, household size and expenses, so the amount of the decrease will vary depending on individual circumstances. While many families and individuals don’t receive the maximum benefit, a family of four receiving the maximum benefit will see their benefit decrease from $668 to $632 per month, and an individual recipient receiving the maximum benefit will see a decrease from $200 to $189 per month.
Each household will receive a notice by mail that will tell them the exact amount of their benefits after the change has been made. They may also call 1-800-382-0499 after Nov. 1 to find out the new amount of their monthly benefit.
SNAP benefits are funded with 100 percent federal dollars through the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service and may only be used to purchase food.
SNAP’s purpose is to improve nutrition by providing monthly benefits to eligible low-income households to help them buy the food they need for good health. All states operate the SNAP program, according to regulations set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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