Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP)

 

For Immediate Release
September 23, 2013; 2:31pm
DPHSS Release No. 2013-068

Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP)

The Department of Public Health and Social Services would like to inform the
public of the decrease in SNAP benefits which will take effect on November 01, 2013.

Every October 1, SNAP benefits are adjusted to reflect changes in the cost of living.
In April 2009, a law called The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009
raised SNAP benefits to help people affected by the recession, however, the increased
benefits provided by this law will expire on November 1, 2013.

SNAP recipients will see two changes in their benefit amounts:

•       First, benefits will increase slightly for most households on October 1, 2013 to reflect the cost of food.

•       Second, most families will see their benefits decrease on November 1, 2013 due to expiration of ARRA of 2009.

How much will SNAP benefits change on November 01, 2013?

Your benefits depend on many things – income, household size and expenses.  It is
hard to say how your benefits will change.  Table below gives you an idea of what
the reduced amount might be for households that have no income.

SNAP Maximum Monthly Benefit Levels

HOUSEHOLD SIZE  October 01, 2013 (ARRA stimulus levels) November 1, 2013        Difference
1       $295    $279    – $16
2       $541    $512    -$29
3       $775    $733    -$42
4       $985    $931    -$54
5       $1169   $1106   -$63
6       $1403   $1327   -$76
7       $1551   $1467   -$84
8       $1773   $1676   -$97
Add on  $222    $210    -$12

For additional information, please call 735-7245 (Central and Southern) or
635-7488 (Northern) or visit your respective center.

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