People participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will experience a slight reduction in their monthly food benefits beginning November 1. The reduction, approximately five percent, is the result of federal stimulus funds that expire October 31.
In April 2009, stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act raised monthly benefits for people in the SNAP program by approximately 14 percent to help families who experienced unexpected job layoffs or other financial crises resulting from the economic downturn. Because of annual cost of living increases in the SNAP program since 2009, the reduction in 2013 is approximately five percent, depending on family circumstances.
To learn more about the SNAP program or for a link to check your monthly SNAP account balance, please click here.