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. 

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  1. what kind of cuts will effect single person on food stamps in nov i

    1. if i recieve $31.00 a month what will i get staring in nov 1

  2. That's not fair!! I need more money. Give me your money!

    If anyone actually went to the USDA website for snap benefits you would see the formula for calculating benefits. It unlikely for every family of four to receive the maximum benefit of $668/month. Here's an example, the formula starts by taking your net income and multiplying it by a factor of 0.3, for the math challenged this makes the value smaller. Let's look at a family of four making $23,556 annually. This is net poverty for a family of four. Snap benefits at this net amount qualifies you for up to the maximum. Let's throw that number into the formula: $23,556 x 0.3 = $7,066.80 (SNAP has assumed 30% of income goes to food while at poverty levels). SNAP then figures out how much that is per month, which is $588.90. SNAP then subtracts this from the maximum allocation possible, $668, and this is what you receive as your monthly benefit, $79.10. Theoretically, a family of four would have to earn nothing to receive the maximum benefit of $668/month.

    Now let's look at the cuts. The $5 billion sunset will cut benefits as high as $36/month for a family of four. This equates to a 45.5% reduction in benefits. Regardless what you philosophically think of the program, this will be felt by most if not all people receiving benefits. Individuals struggling make decisions that are sometimes not effective for them or their family. Money may be misappropriated to items we feel are irrelevant to survival, but that will not reduce the impact it will have on those same people, when they see less money coming in. I hope we won't see wide scale food riots akin to a couple weeks ago in Walmart, when the EBT system went down.


  4. What you saw in Walmart wasn't a 'riot' it was organized theft, they knew they didn't have any money left on their cards and went anyway with the idea of stealing knowing full well that Walmart at the time was approving charges without having any idea how much was left on their card. When the system came online again the thieves just left their loaded carts with the 'stolen' goods they almost got.