Sunday, October 20, 2013

Cuts Coming To Government Food Stamps On November 1st


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that cuts are coming nationwide to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or also referred to as food stamps) beginning November 1, 2013.  That's because the part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) which raised SNAP benefits following the 2008 recession is expiring.


The USDA says that the reduction in benefits to recipients depends on several factors such as income, household size and expenses.  The USDA estimates that a family of four will see a $36 reduction in their benefits come November 1.  


The Florida Department of Children and Families said in a statement on its Facebook page that Florida Food Stamp recipients "can log in to their My Access Account for the exact amount of benefits they will receive in November."

  
According to the recent U.S. Government revised data, 47,637,407 Americans are on food stamps.  There were about 32 million Americans on Food Stamps when President Barack Obama took office in January 2009.   


The number Floridians on food stamps was 3,426,193 in July 2013, a 3.9% increase compared to July 2012.  Florida food stamp enrollment grew at more than twice the national rate (1.7%) for the same time period.