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Federal food stamp benefits to be slashed Friday

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Recipients of federal food and nutrition services will see a decrease in the amount they receive every month starting Friday due to the expiration of the federal stimulus package.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expires on October 31. Passed in 2009, the ARRA increased the amount that households received in FNS benefits, formerly called food stamps. When the ARRA expires, food stamp payments will revert to their 2009 levels.

Steve Hayes with the Guilford County Department of Social Services reiterated that neither county nor state governments can avoid this change.

“This is a federal cut,” Hayes said. “What we know is we’ll see a decrease in the maximum amount households can receive.”

The monthly payout is made according to the size of each household.

A single person receiving the max benefit gets $200 per month to buy food. That amount will drop to $189 on Friday. For a family of three, the benefit drops by $29. For a family of six it drops by $52. For a family of eight, it drops by $65.

 

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