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Cuts To Food Stamps Begin

47 million Americans will see a reduction in their food stamp benefits starting November 1.

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One out of every seven Americans receives SNAP benefits.

Beginning November 1, households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits — commonly referred to as food stamps — will see a decrease in their benefits.

A byproduct of parts of the economic stimulus package expiring, cuts to benefits will vary household to household. While a family of three is looking at a $29 monthly reduction, a family of eight will see benefits drop by $65, for example.

To lessen the blow, the USDA has released information on new the changes, including how much will be cut and resources to help plan and prepare.

As a result of the cutbacks, the Federal Government will save some $5 billion. Despite some protests in Washington, organized efforts to stop the cuts have been few.

47 million Americans — roughly one out of seven — currently receive food stamps.

Read More:

  • Families brace as billions in food stamp cuts set in (NBC News)
  • Local Charities Gear Up For Cut To Food Stamp Benefits (NPR)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Bloomington, Indiana. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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