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Written by Sonia Weil

Oct 04

2013

SNAP Benefits Reduction Set for November 1

Beginning November 1, 2013, federal budget cuts will affect every household across the country participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), popularly known as “food stamps.” The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which boosted SNAP benefits in the last few years, will expire at the end of October, causing a sharp reduction in benefits and leaving many families without the means to put food on the table.

SNAP is the nation’s most important nutrition program, currently providing over 47 million participants with a debit card to purchase food each month. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, around 75 percent of SNAP participants are in families with children and more than 25 percent of participants are in households with seniors or people with disabilities. Read more →