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Food banks bracing for cut in food stamps

Joe Centers • Nov 19, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Local food banks around the county, including Norwalk, are bracing for another hit.

A total of 47.6 million Americans had their food stamp benefits cut Nov. 1, and most of them have absolutely no idea what happened. The reason that this is happening is because a temporary boost to food stamp benefits that was put in during the last recession is expiring.

The 2009 Recovery Act's temporary boost to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits ended Nov. 1, resulting in a benefit cut for every SNAP household. For families of three, the cut is $29 a month -- a total of $319 for November 2013 through September 2014, the remaining months of fiscal year 2014. That's a serious loss, especially in light of the very low amount of basic SNAP benefits. Without the Recovery Act's boost, SNAP benefits will average less than $1.40 per person per meal in 2014.

A story about this subject was published recently in the Norwalk Reflector.

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